Undersanding Beresheit (Genesis)

Shaun Jackson (shaunj@tartarus.uwa.edu.au)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 14:20:46 +0800

How should we understand the early stories in Beresheit - Adam and Eve,
Noah, Tower of Babel. Judasim from what I understand is not a
fundamentalist, literalist religion. The Rambam for one I'm aware of said
that where something is difficult to describe literally, a figurate
interpretation can be given. How does this apply to these early stories.
How are we meant to approach the finding of science, archaeology,
anthropology, biblical criticism when looking at the text and particularly
these stories?