I would love to read what a non literal commentary of Genesis says. Anyone know of any? If it does not mean what it seems to be saying, what is it saying ?
I wonder what this means?
The Wickedness of Man
…6The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Gen. 6
- a story in which people, things, and happenings have a hidden or symbolic meaning: allegories are used for teaching or explaining ideas, moral principles, etc.
- the presenting of ideas by means of such stories
- any symbol or emblem
Read more at http://www.yourdictionary.com/allego…mptAFALIdWA.99
noun, plural allegories.
a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
a symbolical narrative: the allegory ofPiers Plowman.
NOUN (plural allegories)
1A story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one:Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journey
One of the best-known examples of allegory, Plato‘s Allegory of the Cave, forms a part of his larger work The Republic. In this allegory, Plato describes a group of people who have lived chained in a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall (514a–b). The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows, using language to identify their world (514c–515a). According to the allegory, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality, until one of them finds his way into the outside world where he sees the actual objects that produced the shadows. He tries to tell the people in the cave of his discovery, but they do not believe him and vehemently resist his efforts to free them so they can see for themselves (516e–518a). This allegory is, on a basic level, about a philosopher who upon finding greater knowledge outside the cave of human understanding, seeks to share it as is his duty, and the foolishness of those who would ignore him because they think themselves educated enough
Although I do not deny at that Genesis contains layer upon layer of spiritual truths and amazing depth, I do not feel it is an allegory by standard definitions. The Old and New Testaments treat the judgement of the old world and its sinful men by the great deluge of Noah as a real historical event, unfolding just as described in Genesis. Now book ‘Pilgrims Progress’ ( John Bunyan) or the ‘Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ ( C.S Lewis) I most definitely see as an allegory.
**I thought screw tape letters (C.S. Lewis) might be allegory too, but then found this:
Lewis used the term “allegory” very narrowly. How do you think he would describe The Screwtape Letters?
The way I would put it is that Lewis used the term in its proper and limited sense. Early in his scholarly career he wrote a book called, “The Allegory of Love.”
In it, he defined allegory, as “representing the immaterial in picturable terms.” An allegory, as a literary form, demands some sort of decoding, “this represents that.” It draws attention away from the story being told toward the interpretation of a story found elsewhere. It makes the story before merely the vehicle for something else, and we hasten to abandon the shell to get to the nut itself so to speak.
The problem with calling something an “allegory” then is that it orders the reader into detective mode—looking for clues and categories and reduces the narrative to a hide and seek game. The author is hiding behind pictures and the reader has to find the answer to what the picture is “of,” a search for the “second meaning” at the expense of the surface meaning.
Lewis had no problem with allegory and saw a place for it—but he did not want works that were Not intended as Allegory to be treated as such. So, Narnia, for instance is not an allegory for anything else, but a self-contained story, a self-contained universe that bear resemblance our world, but is not identical to our world.
Screwtape is therefore not an “allegory.” Screwtape and Wormwood don’t stand for something else. They are characters in a narrative told in epistolary or letter format. What they say is meant to convey the kind of worldview and attitudes that devils and demons and tempters would express. What happens is intended to grip us, and then lead us into a reflection of our own status before God.
“The allegorist leaves the given—his own passions—to talk of that which is confessedly less real, which is a fiction. The symbolist leaves the given to find that which is more real.”
Question : Did the writer of Genesis intend it to be read as allegory?