Adam and His Kin
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Adam and His Kin
Author: Ruth Beechick
Major Themes: Biblical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Bible Stories, Christian Non-Fiction, Ancient Times, Creation, Flood
Synopsis: What were the days of Adam, Noah, and Abraham really like?
I discovered Adam and His Kin some 22 years ago. What a find! I was quite fascinated with it, and not only read it myself, but read it to my husband (I read to him before I had children to read aloud to!). I loved, and still love, the way Ruth Beechick has reconstructed the events of the first 2,000 years of world history. Of course, we don’t know for sure what happened then, but she has made some very good guesses!
The story begins with the beginning: God created the earth and all other things in six days, culminating His work with the creation of the man and his wife. All was wonderful for a short time—until sin entered the world and the man and woman were driven out of the beautiful garden that had been their home.
The story goes on to describe what could possibly have happened over the next centuries (and probably did happen, based on the little we have recorded) as mankind multiplied and became increasingly more wicked. The story mainly focuses on the men mentioned in the Bible. It shows how they may have worked to pass the true faith on to their sons, and one fascinating chapter describes how Adam and Seth may have preached the truth using the pictures in the stars as illustrations.
After the Flood, of course, we know more of what happened. The story of that era is also narrated, up to the time of Abram and his calling to leave Ur. Of course, much of the story is speculation, but it sure could have happened the way it is portrayed in this book. The wickedness of the people of Babel will make you shudder. One page is bad enough (though realistic) that I don’t want my younger children to hear it yet.
Adam and His Kin is a great addition to a study of ancient history. Of course, a lot of it is speculative, but the author’s research is thorough and she draws from many areas of study—linguistics, archeology, astronomy, the Bible and other history, and ancient traditions and religions. She has skillfully woven all the information she gleaned from these sources into one continuous narrative that will capture the imagination and attention of anyone who is interested in the real story of the first 2,000 years of history.
WARNING: Chapter 8 mentions demon worship and talks about the “sons of god who married the daughters of men”. Chapter 17 describes rather gruesome practices engaged in while worshipping idols.
Read Aloud—Ages 10 – 13
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above, Adults
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Keywords: Biblical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Bible Stories, Christian Non-Fiction, Ancient Times, Creation, Flood