How much do y'all tend to read a day?
Asteriktos, anything to report on that Genesis book you were reading?
For me reading varies, some days I might read 5 hours, some days none. It all depends on what I'm doing, what books I'm reading etc. Perhaps the biggest factor is whether I'm reading something for pleasure/learning or for research... if it's for the latter it takes a lot longer because not only am I writing down notes from the book, but often I end up writing a page of thoughts that came to me because of the line or two from the book.
Regarding the Beginnings
book, I am about half way done with it, having got through the stuff on St. Paul, and the early Christian apologists. I plan on writing a review of certain elements of it* when I'm finished with it. Fwiw here's are two snippets that I think capture the overall spirit/tone of the work:
"Paul was not averse to the sporadic use of allegory, but he did not allegorize Adam. Yet he is finally uninterested in the question of who Adam is, caring only about what
Adam is and the role he plays in counterpoint to Christ... So Paul's Adam is the first in a lineage of sin and, through sin, death. Linking Adam's function with his primordial setting makes him, in effect, chiefly a symbol: he is a stand-in for (fallen) humanity in general and subsequently a type for Christ, an icon of the 'old self' that is to be put off in favor of the new. Yet given Adam's genealogical significance, he is at least implicitly a person before he is a symbol." - Peter C. Bouteneff, Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives
, (Baker Academic, 2008), p. 40
"Certainly Paul came to focus on Adam as a result of his finding Christ. Although it would be difficult to say that Paul bears the sole responsibility for the movement towards typological readings of the OT, his readings of the OT as illuminated by and illuminating Christ was groundbreaking and became the guiding rubric under which the Christian fathers read Scripture. Saying that 'the rock was Christ' or that Adam is a type of Christ stems from Paul's reading of the function of the entire (OT) Scripture. As he shows in 2 Corthinians 3:12-4:7, to read Scripture sheerly in chronological terms, as a history of the world or as a story of the nation of Israel, is to have a veil over one's eyes. One lifts the veil when one turns to the Lord (3:16). The Scriptures are about Christ, the treasure who lies within the clay jars (4:7)." - Ibid., p. 46
* I wouldn't call it a book review as I don't intend it to be an overview of the entire book, but rather just some info on his approach regarding literal vs. non-literal interpretations.