John R Coats

In the Mail: Original Sinners

Original Sinners: Why Genesis Still Matters by John R. Coats Publishers Weekly An entertaining narrative voice, personal reflections from the author’s life and insightful interpretations combine to produce this accessible and lively new addition to Genesis scholarship. Coats, a former parish priest and management consultant, cogently applies source theory—the hypothesis that four separate documents went into the first five books of the Bible—to familiar stories whose ethical and spiritual DNA seeps through Western culture. Through Read More →

Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis by John R. Coats

When it first came in the mail I didn’t think I would read Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis. It is written by a man who has lost his faith – who no longer sees the Bible as the Word of God but rather a sort of literary touchstone or psychological tool to understand yourself better.  Here is Publishers Weekly: An entertaining narrative voice, personal reflections from the author’s life and insightful interpretations combine to Read More →

In the Mail: Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis

Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis by John R Coats Publishers Weekly An entertaining narrative voice, personal reflections from the author’s life and insightful interpretations combine to produce this accessible and lively new addition to Genesis scholarship. Coats, a former parish priest and management consultant, cogently applies source theory—the hypothesis that four separate documents went into the first five books of the Bible—to familiar stories whose ethical and spiritual DNA seeps through Western culture. Read More →