Alice C. Linsley
Evangelicals struggle to find Jesus Christ in Genesis, but young Jews mostly get it!
The Evangelicals say they believe biblical propositions but have trouble accepting the Nilotic antecedents of Abraham's ancestors, though Genesis tells us explicitly that one of Abraham's ancestors was Kush.
The young Jews note that both traditions concerning Messiah have Him born of lines that have non-Jewish mothers. This is troubling, since Jewishness is traced through the mother. It is more troubling that the Messiah is foreshadowed in Nilotic mythology long before we can speak of a people called Jews.
Both groups are struggling with the question of antecedents, which is the special focus of biblical anthropology. Both groups rely on interpretations from rabbis, pastors, talmud and commentaries. Biblical anthropologists work with data and details, cutting through layers of often conflicting interpretations to reconstruct as accurately as possible the culture traits, beliefs and practices of Abraham's people. The focus of my research is primarily Abraham's ancestors who came out of the Nile region.
David Noel Freedman once said: “The Hebrew Bible is the one artifact from antiquity that not only maintained its integrity but continues to have a vital, powerful effect thousands of years later.”
The Bible is a miraculous book, clearly superintended through the centuries by the LORD. This is especially evident in the analysis of the kinship pattern of the priestly lines from Genesis 4-5 to Joseph, of the priestly line of Mattai, and Mary, daughter of the priest Joachim. The kinship pattern is unique and consistent throughout the Bible, proving that the priestly lines exclusively intermarried according to the pattern first found among Abraham's Kushite ancestors. This kinship pattern could not have been written back into the texts at a late date. It is the thread that weaves throughout the Bible, like the scarlet cord, from beginning to end.
The Bible is a reliable and useful resource for anthropologists, just as it is for biblical archaeologists. But when it comes to antecedents, we have to keep an open mind. We can't force data into a preconceived interpretation. Doing so represents very poor stewardship of God's Word.
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