Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Marshfield, WI

Library Review - Traced

In school we learn that humans evolved a few hundred thousand years ago (or even a couple of million years ago). But according to the Bible, God created everything, including man, only around 6000 years ago. Which is right? New research into DNA by Nathaniel Jeanson shows surprising evidence of the Biblical timeline while also rewriting some common preconceived notions about the past.

Dr Jeanson’s book Traced, which can be found in the Church Library, digs into the history of people as uncovered through our DNA. While occasionally a bit technical, the book is accessible to the average layperson, especially with the help of several pages of graphs, pictures, and illustrations.

A few interesting insights:
  • We are all a lot more connected than we think and much more recently than we may think.
  • Native Americans are descended from Central Asians who arrived in the Americas less than 2000 years ago.
  • The genetic family trees all connect around 4500 years ago, which is the most likely date for the worldwide flood. This is to be expected if we all descend from Noah and his sons.
  • Your physical features can't always tell you where your ancestors are from. (Someone who looks Caucasian can have a recent dark skinned ancestor or vice versa). 
  • The descendants of ancient civilizations (Egyptian, Romans, Mayan, Persian) can be found in places you may not expect. 
If you find the book a bit confusing or want to learn more, you can also watch a series of videos Dr Jeanson did called The New History of the Human Race, which can be found on the Answers in Genesis YouTube page.

Church Library Reader

Remove the card located in the back of the book. Write down your name and the date of checkout, then deposit it in the small basket at the checkout station. Books can be checked out for two months. The library is funded entirely through donations -- please be diligent about returning materials!

  1. Christians in a Cancel Culture

  2. Christ, Culture, and Cinema

  3. Speaking for the Unborn: 30-Second Pro-Life Rebuttals to Pro-Choice Arguments

  4. Connected to Christ: Why Membership Matters

  5. Eternal Anthems: The Story Behind Your Favorite Hymns

  6. The Messiah: Revealing Jesus in the Old Testament

  7. When Someone Dies: Find Comfort in Jesus (Kid’s Book) (donated)

  8. Strange New World

  9. Lord of Legends

  10. Come In, We Are Closed

  11. Hello, My name is Single

  12. Traced: Human DNA’s Big Surprise

  13. Then and Now Bible Maps (Donated)

  14. Objections Overruled II

  15. Lutheranism 101 3rd Edition

  16. Lutheranism 101: The Lord’s Supper

  17. Lutheranism 101: Holy Baptism

  18. Hallmarks of Lutheran Identity

  19. The Creation Foundation: Truth that Equips 

  20. Called to Believe, Teach, and Confess

If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the church library, please get in touch with the Office. Funds help purchase new books (especially new releases from Concordia Publishing House). New materials are supported entirely through donations. Thank you for supporting this ministry!
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