Reading Genesis Well: Navigating History, Poetry, Science, and Truth in Genesis 1-11
: What does it mean to be a good reader of Genesis 1-11? What does it mean to take these ancient stories seriously and how does that relate to taking them literally? Can we even take any of this material...
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What does it mean to be a good reader of Genesis 1-11? What does it mean to take these ancient stories seriously and how does that relate to taking them literally? Can we even take any of this material seriously?
Reading Genesis Well answers these questions and more, promoting a responsible conversation about how science and biblical faith relate by developing a rigorous approach to interpreting the Bible, especially those texts that come into play in science and faith discussions. This unique approach connects the ancient writings of Genesis 1-11 with modern science in an honest and informed way.
Old Testament scholar C. John Collins appropriates literary and linguistic insights from C. S. Lewis and builds on them using ideas from modern linguistics, such as lexical semantics, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics. This study helps readers to evaluate to what extent it is proper to say that the Bible writers held a "primitive" picture of the world, and what function their portrayal of the world and its contents had in shaping the community.
C John. Collins (Ph.D., School of Archaeology and Oriental Studies, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England)is professor of Old Testament at Covenant theological Seminary in St. Louis, and one of this generation's most skilled Bible exegetes.
He is the author of Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?: Who They Were and Why You Should Care (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011); Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2006); The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of Godfds Action in the World (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2000; Leicester: Inter-Varsity, 2001) and Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2003. Russian translation, 2005)
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- :1.introduction1.ahistorical Backcloth: Benjamin Jowett And 19th Century Literalism1.bjames Barr, Jowett’s Heir1.cwhy Do I Think Lewis Can Help?1.dmy Own Background And Stance2.what Is Happening In Literary Communication 2.athe Big Idea: How To Approach Any Work Of Art2.blinguistics, Rhetoric, Literary Criticism3.types Of Language And Biblical Interpretation3.aspeech Act Theory And Biblical Rhetoric3.blewis’ Essay, “the Language Of Religion”3.cmetaphor, Thought, Truth3.dexamples Of Exegesis3.eis There A Role For Analytical Language?3.fconclusions4.good Faith Communication4.ahow Does Communication Work?4.bwhat Is “good Faith Communication”?4.cwhat Is The Connection Between World Picture And Worldview?4.dsense, Referent, Rhetoric, And Truth5.what Do We Have In Genesis 1–11? 1: Context5.acohesion And Coherence5.a.1 Internal Cohesion5.a.2 Cohesion With Genesis – Deuteronomy5.a.3 Connected But Separate5.bshared World Context5.b.1 Other Nations’ Origin Stories5.b.2 Audience Criticism And “rhetorical Situation” 5.b.2.a Date Of Genesis 5.b.2.b Implied Audience6.what Do We Have In Genesis 1–11? 2: Function6.athe Pentateuch As “constitution”6.bgenesis And Worldview Story6.canachronism And History6.dliterary Style And Language Level6.eliterary Style And Architecture Of Genesis 1–117.genesis 1–11: A Rhetorical-theological Reading7.acreation And Fall (genesis 1–4)7.a.1 Creation (genesis 1–2)7.a.2 “fall” And Consequences (genesis 3–4)7.bfrom Adam To Noah (genesis 5)7.cthe Great Flood7.c.1 The Set-up (gen. 6:1–4)7.c.2 Flood Story Proper (gen. 6:5–9:17)7.c.3 The Sequel (gen. 9:18–29)7.dall The Families/clans Of The Earth (gen. 10:1–11:9)7.d.1 Table Of Nations (gen. 10:1–32)7.d.2 Tower Of Babel (gen. 11:1–9)7.efrom Shem To Abram (gen. 11:10–26)8.what Have Other Qualified Readers Seen In Genesis 1–11(old Testament, New Testament, Jewish, Patristic)8.athe Big Story8.bcreation Of Material Ex Nihilo8.crelation Of Genesis 1 And 28.dhuman Origins And Fall8.ethe Flood8.fgenesis And Hellenistic Science9.genesis 1–11, World Picture And Worldview9.awhat Is The Shape Of The World?9.bdoes The Sun “rise”?9.cwhere Does The Rain Come From?9.da Three-decker Universe?9.ehasn’t Explaining Become Explaining Away?9.fhow Should We Read God’s Action In Creation?9.gwhere The Conflict Really Lies10.genesis 1–11: A Humane Moral Vision For Israel And The World10.aredemptive History As Worldview Story10.b“heirs” Of This Story10.b.1 Israel10.b.2 Christians10.cconclusion: Reading Genesis 1–11 Well