The Discovery of Genesis by C.H. Kang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Easily the best book i will read this year. CH Kang and Ethel R Nelson attempt to find similarities in Chinese characters (Chinese writing) and the Biblical book of Genesis concluding that the ancient Chinese were monotheists who worshiped the one true God of the Bible, were scattered, perhaps voluntarily, around the time of the Tower of Babel and migrated to China where they have had an unbroken culture for over 4,500 years.
The evidence they put forth is that since the culture has remained intact-obviously changing, but never obliterated or conquered-many aspects of the original culture remain the same; the most obvious of these is the written characters used to represent speech.
The authors walk the reader through a basic understanding of how chinese writing works. it’s similar to english except it uses pictographs instead of letters. Pictographs can be more abstract and difficult to understand. However, the words used are explained well.
In Chinese it seems that an entire word is composed of several unrelated words which actually tells a story in itself. Examples, used to support their theory and explain to the reader how the writing works is below.
1st + man + enclosure(garden) = west meaning the chinese came from the west where the tower of babel was.
cover + 2 trees (under the cover symbol) + devil = tempter meaning the devil tempted underneath the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil
heaven + covers + water + rains + 3 persons + working magic = spirit meaning-this one is totally abstract and makes no sense unless you are familiar with Genesis. working magic is the miracle work God/Holy Spirit does. 3 persons are the trinity (Father/Son/Holy Spirit) working together. During creation the heavens covered the water of the earth, but there was water in the air too, the firmament above. The Spirit hovered above the waters
dust + breath of mouth + alive = to talk
to talk + walking = to create meaning nothing if you aren’t familiar with Genesis. But the authors propose that the first Chinese in fact were familiar. So, this character told the story of God creating Adam. From the dust of the Earth, God breathed into him and Adam became alive and was able to talk and walk. Thus, God finished creating.
There are many many more examples given. One relates to the word for woman-it has a an incision in adam’s side. The word for fire is two people burning which indicates adam and eve’s reflecting God’s glory prior to the fall. There is so much more. This book is absolutely amazing.
The authors recall the history of monotheism in China, when Buddhism, Taoism and other religions arrived. They use ancient and calligraphic forms of Chinese writing which further supports their claims.
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