Alice C. Linsley
Over the past 30+ years I have made some significant discoveries using the data of Genesis to recover information about Abraham and his Nilo-Saharan ancestors. The key research involves identifying that these people were a royal priest caste that practiced endogamy. I have identified their marriage and ascendancy pattern using the Genesis King Lists.
This week several people contacted me about how to approach the material at JUST GENESIS. The amount of information can be fairly overwhelming for first-time readers. Here are two responses, in case others are wondering.
Thanks for your interest in the Bible and in Genesis in particular. Genesis is the foundation to the whole of the Bible so if we get it wrong we will misinterpret and misrepresent the rest.
It is in Genesis that we find the origins of Messianic expectation and God's first promise: That "the Woman" would bring forth "the Seed" who would crush the serpent's head and restore us to Paradise/communion with God. The Bible closes with the Seed making this final promise: "Don't be afraid. I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
The drama begins with a promise made to Abraham's ancestors in Eden (a vast well-watered area that stretched from the Nile region of East Africa to the Tigris-Euphrates) and continues with the levitical laws that point to the binary distinctions that keep us oriented to God, and then the prophets who challenge the practices that lead the people away from God, and then the miraculous events involving 2 women of the Horite ruler-priest lines: Elizabeth and the Virgin Mary. People of their day wondered about them! The priest Simeon and the Prophetess Anna confirmed what John the Baptist also recognized - that Jesus, the son of Mary was the fulfillment of Genes 3:15 - the Seed had appeared! And his identity as the Son of God was confirmed by His resurrection from the dead (as Sts Paul, Peter and John tell us.)
So, you see that the entire Biblical drama is really about on thing: God's fulfillment of the promise of Eden in the person of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. It remains to us who believe to tell others about God's great goodness, eternal power and divine nature, and to trust the Holy Spirit to lead us to repentance and humility.
With this overview in mind, you might begin by reading about Eden, the Edenic Promise, and Why Jesus Visited Tyre. This also: The Kingdom of God in Genesis. Read the related readings posted at the end of the articles to gain a fuller picture.
It is difficult to summarize over 32 years of research, but this should get you started. If I can be of further assistance, let me know.
Alice C. Linsley
Thank you for your interest in biblical genealogy. I wish there were a book(s) that I could recommend that would help you to study the kinship pattern through the Bible. As far as I know there isn't one. (I'm writing 2, but neither is finished yet.)
I've been pioneering this field for 32+ years so I'm probably your best source for now. Look in the INDEX on the home page to see if there are articles that might answer your questions. I do trace the kinship pattern to the New Testament, showing that Mary and Joseph, of the ruler-priest lines descending from Cain (Gen. 4) and Seth (Gen. 5), were patrilineal cousins.
The kinship pattern of Abraham and his people is identical to the pattern of Moses and his people (because they are all of the Horite ruler caste). I've show that here: http://jandyongenesis.blogspot.com/2009/04/moses-two-wives.html
The pattern is evident in the naming of firstborn sons in Numbers also. For example: Reuben's firstborn son was Hanoch, which is another version of Enoch/Nok. It is evident also in I Samuel were we read about the ruler-priest Elkanah with his 2 wives, Penninah and Hannah.
It may be that you are more interested in the research that is published at my other blog: Biblical Anthropology, but I'm not sure. There is an INDEX there also.
I hope that this is helpful. Perhaps enough to get you started. If I can be of further help, let me know.
May God bless you and your service in the Church.
Alice C. Linsley
Related reading: Reactions to My Genesis Research; Alice C. Linsley's Research on Genesis; INDEX of Topics at Just Genesis