Episode 11

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13th Jan 2021

Gen 11: Chapter 2, vv 1-14

Book of Genesis #11

Verses 1 through 14 of Chapter 2 recounts the creation of Eden. They provide a second account of the creation of man and describe his initial dwelling: the Garden of Eden.

Two popular misconceptions need to be cleared: 'Eden' is not the name of the Garden; rather it is the name of a location where the garden was situated and secondly, the tree of knowledge of good and evil is not an apple tree and Eve did not eat an apple (granny smith? Red delicious?) and gave one to Adam to eat.

The first obvious question we need to deal with is this: why a second account? A popular theory states that the first and second accounts were written by different authors (the Yahwist and the Elohist) due to the fact that the word 'Lord' in the original is YHWY in one text and Elohim in the other; a hypothesis that may or may not hold true. What is apparent is that the order of these accounts is significant and that the Narrator who wrote or combined both accounts in this fashion did so because he was inspired by a unified vision. These passages do not repeat each other, rather they reveal important truths about human nature.

A second important element of this text is the four rivers. Four, as we indicated elsewhere is symbolic for universality, completeness and while the geographic location of these rivers is somewhat important, what is fundamental is the idea that the garden is the center of life and that life flows from the garden outward and nourishes the world. This image is found in the vision of Ezekiel and ultimately is fully realized by the Cross and by the Catholic Church.

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A thorough bible study of Genesis -- the Catholic Way
Creationism, Big-Bang, Evolution, Adam and Eve, the Flood, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph... This study covers these topics and many more in a Catholic mindset. Discover the depth and beauty of Genesis and deepen your relationship with God by meditating on His paternal care to those who love Him.

he Book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible because without a proper understanding of the unfolding events from Adam to Joseph the sense of Scripture will be truncated and obscured. This book teaches us first and foremost that theology is rooted in history and morality, that God, the Living God of Israel is not a God of a Book but is a God of people and of events. Nothing escapes his attention and no one is outside his dominion.

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The sixsty-two episodes that make up this podcast cover all fifty chapters of the Book of Genesis. Each of these talks is at least one hour long, some even longer (excluding questions and answers which are also included). On average, we spend about 2.5 hours per chapter and nearly all these chapters are short. This gives you an indication of the depth and level of details of these talks.

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.