So on to the book... I'm working on a book called Jehovah and Hades. Before I launch in to a quick preview of the book, I'm curious how many people find that title offensive. I really want the main characters to have J and H names like Jekyll and Hyde, because I'm borrowing a little from the idea behind that book. I've given a copy of the first couple of chapters to members of my family and a few of them didn't really like that I named one of the characters Jehovah. The names of my characters came from two ideas:
- I'm a big fan of reading and I read a lot of the Oxford Bible Dictionary in my early twenties. I really like the entry that explained Carl Jung's contribution to Bible study, specifically his book Answer to Job. What I really wanted to play off of in my book Jehovah and Hades was the gnostic duality that Jung saw between Jehovah and Satan in the book of Job. If you look at the Book of Job closely, Jehovah and Satan almost seem like equals. Jehovah allows Satan to inflict Job with all sorts of disasters and problems and, in the end, Job is given back more than he lost. Jung argues that Job's loss wasn't restored because even though he received more monetary gain, he lost people and possessions he loved. In that sense, Jehovah and Satan each inflicted a lasting reward and punishment on Job and could be viewed as equals. That's not a comprehensive look at Jung's ideas on the subject, but that was how I understood it from the Bible Dictionary. I don't necessarily agree with that idea, but the idea itself is interesting.
- I read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde during my first semester of college (for fun... because I read stuff like that for fun and history books for my homework). We kind of see the same duality... opposing forces... Jekyll, the brilliant doctor who worked hard to become an intellectual and Hyde, a baser creature who only gave in to his passions, desires, and instincts. I recently began to wonder what would happen if the two natures weren't stuck within a person, but separated in to two different people and allowed to move toward their full potential.
Jehovah and Hades is available on Amazon. Check it out here.