It will take some time for the ideas presented in this bravely written book to trickle down into our mainstream thinking, but I hope not too long — our future might depend on it. Will this book be controversial? For some, more than likely. Why will some people wrestle with this book? It turns many of our commonly accepted concepts about Adam and Eve on their head. By blasting you with a healthy dose of disequilibrium in nearly every chapter, all the while adhering to the authority and infallibility of the Scriptures, this book challenges many Evangelical beliefs about the Genesis account of Adam and Eve. Continue Reading…
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Eve, the debut novel from Elissa Elliott, is a finely crafted tale of not only humankind’s first woman, but also her family and especially her daughters. Elliott frames this novel around the biblical account of Adam and Eve in Genesis 1-4, but using her imagination and some thorough research on this era of human history, she fleshes out this story into an engaging storyline, including a few twists that might take some readers by surprise. Take Eve’s daughters, for instance; although not mentioned in the scriptural account, Elliott imagines Eve to have had three daughters: Naava, Aya, and Dara, all of whom were younger than Cain and Abel, the most prominent of Adam and Eve’s children in the Genesis story. Each chapter paints a scene that is centered around one of the four women in the first family. The chapters on Eve, as well as those on Aya and Dara, are told in the first person. The chapters on Naava, however, are told in the third person because Elliott “needed to put information in her chapters she couldn’t possibly know.” This shift in perspective, however, is done subtly and doesn’t interfere with the larger story.
Elliott tells this tale in crisp, vivid prose, with a keen sense of the psychological, relational and spiritual dramas that unfolded at the dawn of human history. In these regards, her style is particularly reminiscent of the fiction of Frederick Buechner, perhaps most like Son of Laughter, given the common biblical framework and backdrop of ancient human history. Like Buechner, Elliott breathes life into characters that experience a full range of human emotions: love and rage, faith and doubt, etc. The fruits of these passions – sex, murder, betrayal, loyalty – are depicted in clear, but honest terms that poignantly reflect the struggles and intentions of the characters. Eve concludes her story: “We were a tragic pair, Adam and I, but let me tell you this: We loved each other with a deep ferocity. More than either of us could ever express. We knew labor and pain and sorrow and dissonance, and this had only served to enrich and strengthen our marriage.” (406)