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Today is the official release of Genesis for Normal People: A Guide to the Most Controversial, Misunderstood, and Abused Book of the Bible. It will be available for $1.99 for a limited time, at which point it will go for it’s regular price, $4.99.

Either way, quite a bargin, which brings me to my main point.

As I post this at 7:00 on Monday morning, I can see that, amazingly, many of you have  still not downloaded this book, even though is has been available now for 7 hours.

I’m not sure what you’re waiting for (perhaps daylight?). The price isn’t going to drop and I know you can afford it because you are reading this on a thousand dollar computer.

So, for the cost of

a tall Starbucks coffee,

Red Sox box seat tickets (given their collapse this weekend),

or ten miles worth of gas,

you can purchase a book that will answer any and every question you have ever had about Genesis (provided your questions line up with the answers we give).

Note: Since many of you are asking about it, if you don’t have a Kindle device, you can read this book by downloading for FREE a Kindle reader for your computer or iPad.

Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. Tweets at @peteenns.


  • Perhaps the most misunderstood part of Genesis is the second creation account of Adam and Eve. It is seldom pointed out that almost all the components of this myth circulated in Abraham’s country of Mesopotamia in the second millennium BC. However, the record of the naked couple in that ‘history’ can be seen as an allegory of an evolutionary and inspirational event in the human story. In monotheism the disobedience of Eve obliterated everything else and turned the ancient record on its head. (See Eden: The Buried Treasure.)

  • alex says:

    available on nook? Or .epub format?

    • peteenns says:

      Not sure. I know Patheos wanted it to be “friendly” across various platforms.

    • M says:

      Easily enough to convert to .epub with free software like Calibre and the right plugins, depending on your place of residence. Tampering with DRM may be illegal in some places (like the US), but it is fair-use to transfer to another reading device for personal use.

  • Susan Ennis says:

    Also looking for Nook friendly version 🙁

  • Daniel Eaton says:

    I tried to do the conversion to EPUB (using Calibre), but the DRM prevented it. Guess I’m stuck with using the Kindle software. It’s a good read so far though. Kinda makes up for the software hassle. 🙂

  • Got it! Will recommend on Internet Monk this week. Great work, Pete!

  • Craig Wright says:

    Please put this book into a regular book format. You are limiting your reading audience by putting it only in a e-book format.

    • peteenns says:

      Do you own a computer, laptop, or iPad? If so, you can download a free Kindle app and read it. I do that a lot without buying a Kindle device.

  • Lisa says:

    I went on amazon and it said its not available on kindle. I have an iPhone is there another way to get it?

    • peteenns says:

      Not sure what you mean, Lisa. It IS available on Kindle. Not sure about iPhones, though. I only have an iPad and Macbook.

  • Howard Walker says:

    Hello Pete. Just to help me, what would you call the view of Genesis you are describing in this book? I’m about halfway through it and am enjoying it quite a bit. Would you call it the current, evangelical academic view? I just need to know how to describe it when recommending the book to people… Thanks!

    Oh, and I had no problem purchasing it on Amazon. I’ve been reading it both on a Kindle device and on the Kindle app on my iPhone and MacBook…

    • peteenns says:

      It’s more of a hybrid but certainly not a current evangelical view, in part because there is no one current evangelical view. The importance of the postexilic period that Jared and I build a lot on would likely be looked at unfavorably by some evangelical scholars though not all.

      • Howard Walker says:

        Thanks. I understand that it is essentially the idea put forth in your earlier work. I was just wondering if you had a name for this view. (Still trying to get my bearings in this debate.) As far as making the puzzle pieces of Genesis fit together the new book is wonderful so far, and very accessible.

  • Don Johnson says:

    I sent you a FB note with a few comments. Overall I liked the book and am still digesting it.

  • Allon says:

    Computer is not much use for easy reading away from home.

    I want to read it on my SONY Reader.

    Please where can I get an EPUB version


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