The Lost World of Genesis One
In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications...
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In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins.
^^Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay readers with an interest in the intelligent design controversy and creation-evolution debates, Walton's thoughtful analysis unpacks seldom appreciated aspects of the biblical text and sets Bible-believing scientists free to investigate the question of origins.
Here is a book that calls out to be read and discussed-widely and thoughtfully-by serious-minded Christians, inquiring scientists, high school science teachers and students. Those entrenched on either side of the creation/evolution debate owe it to themselves and others to read and consider carefully John Walton's evidence, arguments, insights and remarkable conclusions. Book jacket.
John H. Walton (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) teaches Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: Gods Purpose, Gods Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; A Survey of the Old Testament and Genesis (New Internation Version Application Commentary)
- Proposition 1: Genesis One Is Ancient Cosmology
- Proposition 2: Ancient Cosmology Is Function Oriented
- Proposition 3: "create" (hebrew <em>bara'</em>) Concerns Functions
- Proposition 4: The Beginning State In Genesis One Is Non-functional
- Proposition 5: Days One Through Three In Genesis 1 Establish Functions
- Proposition 6: Days Four Through Six In Genesis 1 Install Functionaries
- Proposition 7: Divine Rest Is In A Temple
- Proposition 8: The Cosmos Is A Temple
- Proposition 9: The Seven Days Of Genesis 1 Relate To The Cosmic Temple Inauguration
- Proposition 10: The Seven Days Of Genesis 1 Do Not Concern Material Origins
- Proposition 11: "functional Cosmic Temple" Offers Face-value Exegesis
- Proposition 12: Other Theories Of Genesis 1 Either Go Too Far Or Not Far Enough
- Proposition 13: The Difference Between Origin Accounts In Science And Scripture Is Metaphysical In Nature
- Proposition 14: God's Roles As Creator And Sustainer Are Less Different Than We Have Thought
- Proposition 15: Current Debate About Intelligent Design Ultimately Concerns Purpose
- Proposition 16: Scientifice Explanations Of Origins Can Be Veiwed In Light Of Purpose, And If So, Are Unobjectionable
- Proposition 17: Resulting Theology In This View Of Genesis 1 Is Stronger, Not Weaker
- Proposition 18: Public Science Education Should Be Neutral Regarding Purpose
- Summary And Conclusions