Friday, January 4, 2019

Jasmine's Discoveries

Given the once or twice a month pace for Just like Eve, this selection is a summary of the discoveries Jasmine is about to make during her quest.  It’s a snapshot of a later section, toward the end of the book – but not the very end, as I’ve already drafted the final chapter.  Perhaps it could also be used as the back cover of a future book.
I’m struck by the number of words.  Every time I finish drafting a selection on the computer, I do a word count and note the count at the bottom of my draft with the date.  When I later go back to revise, I do a new word count, note the new count and add the revision date (leaving the original creation date too).  My word count for the draft of this selection came to the illuminating and powerful number of 358.  See Jasmine’s discovery below , another powerful number: #7.  I was struck and affirmed, but I didn't expect it to stick.  When I later added some clarifications, omitted some needless words, and revised, I did a new word count: 358.
I’ve been both encouraged and discouraged these past few months while working on Just like Eve: encouraged because I’m doing it, writing fiction – something I’ve never been good at; discouraged because it remains wanting in vibrant characters, an enthralling story, and poetic power.  But, it's a draft, and the divine stamp of approval of 358 sets me in motion to keep on truckin’.

Jasmine's Discoveries

            How much truth could be contained in the brief story of Adam, Eve, the serpent, and the mysterious plural part masculine, part feminine entity called Elohim?  Upon the conclusion of her quest into her question, “Who is Eve?” Jasmine sits dumbfounded.  Each discovery holds profound insight, yet is entirely different, even directly opposed, to the lessons provided by the church.  Jasmine lists out the astonishing revelations into her journal:
1.      women were sentenced to a mysterious longing: to be completed by their man (Gen 3:16); 
2.      this longing would so burden some women that it would be a curse;
3.      others – those in the fashion, beauty, jewelry and other romance businesses – would profit in multi-billion dollar industries from woman’s burdensome longing;
4.      a woman was also likely to suffer from the most chilling of all curses: to be “ruled” by her man (Gen 3:16);
5.      the serpent both deceived and told the truth; 
6.      the serpent also both liberated and oppressed; 
7.      the serpent (nahash: Nun (50) + Het (8) + Shin (300) = 358) holds the same mystical energy of 358 as the Messiah (Meshiach: Mem (40) + Shin (300) + Yod (10) + Het (8) = 358);
8.      the God figure, Elohim, is plural (-im) with a feminine root, but masculine in plural form, suggesting a far bigger, complete, and more mysterious entity;
9.      Elohim would forbid something good, that the God of the New Testament would later call for: knowledge/discernment of good and evil (Gen 2:17 vs. Heb 5:14);
10. taking of this knowledge would lead to both liberation and suffering;
11.  the woman (an ezer) was designed to be more than merely a “helper” for the man, as the essence of ezer suggests “life-saver.”

Jasmine closed with the one most astonishing to her, adding into her journal, “How many women throughout time and, at least, English speaking women ever since the King James Bible was published, had any idea when they were reading of the woman’s creation for man, ‘I will make for him a suitable helper’ (Genesis 2:18), that a more salient translation would be ‘I will make for him a suitable life-saver?’”

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