New Book Explores Allegorical Interpretations of Bible

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Eden story given a detailed reading, transformational explanation by Eve Wood-Langford

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Approaching the story of the garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve as allegory or myth rather than as literal history, Eve Wood-Langford delivers her new book “Eden: The Buried Treasure” (published by AuthorHouse). It presents her interpretation of the religious text and how it contributes to our knowledge of the history of the human story.

“In the age of science a story complete with an articulate serpent may be regarded as fairy tale, but in the case of allegory or myth/history this can throw a valuable baby out with the bathwater, for myth is a form of history,” says Wood-Langford. “When the Eden myth is accepted as myth/history, not literal history, interpretation of the story is transformed.”

She prefers to look at the stories for what they offered to the readers from the time the stories originally circulated. She says,

“For thousands of years in the ancient Near East, the powerful images of serpent and tree offered guidance to non-literate populations. The tree symbolised the bounty of the Great Mother Goddess, and the serpent represented life, guidance and power in association with the Mother Goddess. The serpent proliferates in the painting of ancient Egypt and was worn prominently on the helmet of the Pharaoh. Even Moses used his serpent staff to create miracles, and had a serpent of bronze made in the desert that those who looked upon it would live.”

In this detailed exploration of one of the most well-known stories of the Bible Wood-Langford presents readers with an unorthodox yet respectful Unitarian view of the Eden story.

About the Author
Eve Wood-Langford, a Unitarian, was raised to accept Jesus as a human being, a prophet and sublime teacher of ethics. In addition to her religiously focused upbringing, she was also taught to always use reason and common sense in her life. Eden is her second work of non-fiction, though she has a children’s book in the works. Her first book is called “Looking for Camelot.”

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will celebrate 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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