It’s now nine years since I’ve defended my thesis on Genesis 2,4a–3,24 – Two Generations In One Day. The defense commission made me promise to write a popular version of the thesis. To date, I have failed to keep this promise. The task is daunting, a thousand times more difficult than the thesis itself. I have started it many times, only to give up because of external circumstances. But now I think I’ve figured out a way.
It’s not just a coincidence that today is the feast of the great poet, deacon and doctor of the Church, Saint Ephraem the Syrian, who is the very first to be cited in the thesis, heading up the introduction.
BECK, Des heiligen Ephraem, V, iii, 4-6. Brock translates well: «When I reached that verse wherein is written the story of Paradise, it lifted me up and transported me from the bosom of the book, to the very bosom of Paradise» (BROCK, St. Ephrem, 103).
“When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.” (Luke 16:22).