Religion: Robert's Rib

The story of Creation as the Bible tells it, says Author Robert Graves, ain't necessarily so. In fact, the Book of Genesis has the story so mixed up that the creation of Eve from Adam's rib, for instance, is really the misreading of a picture of one man killing another with a curved knife (hence the rib) in a quarrel over a woman.

Graves's go at Genesis is more than a scholarly quirk from a quirky man of letters; it is part of a campaign. For Poet-Novelist-Essayist-Historian Graves is also a devotee of the Divine Female who appears under...

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