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Posted July 16, 2002
The Chinese language is the oldest known form of writing in the world and the oldest written documents come from China and date back to almost 2000 B.C. when they do appear they are intrinsicaly bound to religion. Throw Sumerian influence out the window, whatever cultural memory they carried with them from other places as their society migrated, when it is written down it is infallibly 'Chinese' and the characters, which are not an alphabet, continue with stylistic changes to represent the symbolic etymology of the words they represented. Although the authors do get a little carried away in spots, this book is a great eye-opener for someone looking 'outside of the box' for an alternate interpretation of religious history. Hopefully, more serious work will continue to expand on and refine the ideas of this book.
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Posted December 3, 2012
Posted April 16, 2012
This is a fine book that analyzes universal religious beliefs that parallel the Book of Genesis. In this case, the meanings of the Chinese writing system are discussed. It is quite fascinating, since the combinations of meanings in each Chinese character strongly indicate a religious intent with religious explanations. My wife is Chinese & when I showed her this book, it surprised her because Chinese people don't notice these combinations, just as Europeans don't look at the alphabet to find spiritual meanings in each letter as they read. There are Biblical meanings behind each letter, but most people don't notice them. The same thing is true with Chinese. Anyway, my wife did confirm for me that The Discovery Of Genesis is a book with valid analyses & reasonable conclusions. It's easy to read & examines each Chinese character wonderfully for the average reader.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2002
Hold on there, dudes. Etymology of Chinese characters does NOT prove that they independently developed a prehistory based on Adam & Eve and the Great Flood. The Chinese alphabet evolved much later than Sumerian. Historians already recognize that trade brought not only the idea of writing from Sumer to other cultures but also their prehistory. All we can accurately say is that Sumerian writing and prehistory influenced the development of Chinese writing. That is not the same thing as saying that China preserved its own memory of the same events. Please do read the book, but with a healthy context rather than a wild eyed, unsubstantiated and unsupportable conclusion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2010
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