The Value of Genesis

1059 WordsJun 22, 20185 Pages
Copious amounts of teenagers today have a habit of questioning books that are too ‘old’ or ‘stuffy’ to apply to their everyday lives. Some of them may find correlations to works by William Shakespeare or Jane Austen, but what about the other books, such as those from the Bible? Usually regarded as too religious to have any connection to life, teens ignore these texts in favor of ones that they feel can integrate into their lives with much more ease- even though some books in the Bible can actually connect more to life than some of these other ‘relative’ works. Take, for example, the book of Genesis. Although written and published thousands of years ago, the stories, themes, and modern-day allusions contained within it can still apply to…show more content…
This takes many ideas and themes from the stories contained in Genesis- mostly dealing with the first few chapters- and applies them to modern and ancient theories alike. Beyond that, one of the most recognizable allusions to Genesis would be that of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series. In fact, all of the books in this series not only allude to Genesis, but to the entire Bible. Many, many references and parallels can be drawn between Genesis and The Chronicles of Narnia- for example, Aslan can be considered the ‘God’ of Narnia, as the Narnians refer to him as the creator of the world. In addition, the White Witch portrays his opposite- the ‘devil’- as she tries to tempt the Pevensie children several times throughout the series (also a reference to the temptation of Adam and Eve). Humans are also referred to as “Son[s] of Adam” (Lewis, 39) and “Daughter[s] of Eve” (Lewis, 15), another reference to Genesis. Furthermore, many poems allude to Adam and Eve, like Robert Frost’s Never Again Would the Bird’s Song Be The Same, which mentions Eve in the line, “From having heard the daylong voice of Eve” (Frost, line 3). Anthony Hecht’s Naming the Animals offers the apparent descriptions of Adam naming all of the animals that God gave him domain over. Beyond just Adam and Eve, Jacob Russell’s poem How Jacob Loved centers around Jacob, Leah, and Rachel. Even if you
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