WHAT IS THIS IS SORCERY?
From the Amazon blurb:
"Sometimes, fruit is forbidden for a reason. When Todd breaks The Rule and eats from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, death enters the world in the form of a very nasty zombie plague. Emptied of immortality and exiled from their land of birth, zombie-kind ventures into the hostile world beyond, where violence and decay threaten to overwhelm and destroy them at every turn. Never fear: the Director, maker of Heaven and Earth and everything in between, has got a plan to defeat death forever, but it will require the hope, trust, and courage of generations to see it through.
And duct tape. They're gonna need lots and lots of duct tape.
This is Genesis of the Dead, the first novel in a three-part zombie comedy of biblical proportions, and it's the most fun you'll ever have with animal sacrifice and human circumcision."
Genesis of the Dead applies a Christ-centered, messianic hermeneutic to the Pentateuchal narrative and reframes select Biblical stories in a culturally relevant and winsome context. The narrative structure of this trilogy hangs on the frame of Romans 5:12:
"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned."
In the Good Book, death entered the world through Adam. In my book, I repaint this curse to humanity as a sort of zombie outbreak. I admit that it's a little silly, but it is entirely Biblical to think of unsaved men and women as "the walking dead." See Paul in Ephesians 2:1-2
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked."
And Colossians 2:13:
"And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses."
Beyond examining the Old Testament narrative with the view it is a single story pointing towards Christ, Genesis of the Dead also applies an apologetics-based exegesis to many events. For example, the "Noah" of my story discusses the eradication of mankind in the flood with God, and their dialogue contains the outline of the free will argument to the problem of theodicy as expounded by C.S. Lewis, Greg Koukl, and others.
I do realize this all sounds very weird. The weirdest thing about it, however, is that the underlying theological framework and hermeneutical approach is fairly mundane. Still, Genesis of the Dead is super fun, incredibly funny, and a great way to open up conversations about what the Bible teaches.