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The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate

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In our modern age, the Genesis flood account has been probed and analyzed for answers to scientific, apologetic, and historical questions. Some claim that the very veracity of Scripture hinges on a particular reading of the flood narrative. But what...


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In our modern age, the Genesis flood account has been probed and analyzed for answers to scientific, apologetic, and historical questions. Some claim that the very veracity of Scripture hinges on a particular reading of the flood narrative. But what might the biblical author have been saying to his ancient audience?

The answer to our quest to rediscover the biblical flood requires that we set aside our own cultural and interpretive assumptions and visit the distant world of the ancient Near East. Responsible interpretation calls for the patient examination of the text within its ancient context of language, literature, and thought structures. And as we return from that lost world to our own, we will need to ask whether geological science supports the notion of flood geology.

The story of Noah and the flood will continue to invite questions and explorations. Without attempting to answer all of our questions, Longman and Walton offer an informative and enlightening reading of a timeless biblical narrative.

:"The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth ... and the ark floated on the face of the waters" (Gen 6:17-18 NRSV). In modern times the Genesis flood account has been probed and analyzed for answers to scientific, apologetic, and historical questions. It is a text that has called forth "flood geology," fueled searches for remnants of the ark on Mount Ararat, and inspired a full-size replica of Noah's ark in a theme park. Some claim that the very veracity of Scripture hinges on a particular reading of the flood narrative. But do we understand what we are reading? Longman and Walton urge us to ask what the biblical author might have been saying to his ancient audience. Our quest to rediscover the biblical flood requires that we set aside our own cultural and interpretive assumptions and visit the distant world of the ancient Near East. Responsible interpretation calls for the patient examination of the text within its ancient context of language, literature, and thought. And as we return from that lost world to our own, we will need to ask whether geological science supports the notion of flood geology. To read Longman and Walton is to put our feet on firmer interpretive ground. Without attempting to answer all of our questions, they lift the fog of modernity and allow the sunlight to reveal the true contours of the text. As with other books in the Lost World series, The Lost World of the Flood is an informative and enlightening journey toward a more responsible reading of a timeless biblical narrative.
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Tremper Longman (Iii)

Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at Mars Hill Graduate School, Westminster Theological Seminary and adjunct at Fuller Theological Seminary.
He is the author of commentaries on The Book of Job and Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms); Exodus (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) and Jeremiah, Lamentations (New International Biblical Commentary), Daniel (New Internatuional Version Application Commentary), Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament/ Cornerstone Commentary).


Longman is the author of How to Read Genesis; How to Read the Psalms; How to Read Proverbs; How to Read Exodus and Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and co-editor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible and co-author with Dan Allender of Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies; The Intimate Mystery and The Intimate Marriage Bible Studies.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • :abbreviations
  • Preface
  • <strong>part I: Method: Perspectives On Interpretation</strong>
  • Proposition 1: Genesis Is An Ancient Document
  • Proposition 2: Genesis 1&#x2013;11 Makes Claims About Real Events
  • Proposition 3: Genesis Uses Rhetorical Devices
  • Proposition 4: The Bible Uses Hyperbole To Describe Historical Events
  • Proposition 5: Genesis Appropriately Presents A Hyperbolic Account Of The Flood
  • Proposition 6: Genesis Depicts The Flood As A Global Event
  • <strong>part Ii: Background: Ancient Near Eastern Texts</strong>
  • Proposition 7: Ancient Mesopotamia Also Has Stories Of A Worldwide Flood
  • Proposition 8: The Biblical Flood Story Shares Similarities And Differences With Ancient Near Eastern Flood Accounts
  • <strong>part Iii: Text: Understanding The Biblical Text Literarily And Theologically</strong>
  • Proposition 9: A Local Cataclysmic Flood Is Intentionally Described As A Global Flood For Rhetorical Purposes
  • Proposition 10: The Flood Account Is Part Of A Sequence Of Sin And Judgment Serving As Backstory For The Covenant
  • Proposition 11: The Theological History Is Focused On The Issue Of Divine Presence, The Establishment Of Order, And How Order Is Undermined
  • Proposition 12: The &#x201c;sons Of God&#x201d; Episode Is Not Only A Prelude To The Flood; It Is The Narrative Sequel To Cain And Abel
  • Proposition 13: The Tower Of Babel (genesis 11:1-9) Is An Appropriate Conclusion To The Primeval Narrative
  • <strong>part Iv: The World: Thinking About Evidence For The Flood</strong>
  • Proposition 14: The Flood Story Has A Real Event Behind It
  • Proposition 15: Geology Does Not Support A Worldwide Flood (steve Moshier)
  • Proposition 16: Flood Stories From Around The World Do Not Prove A Worldwide Flood
  • Proposition 17: &#x201c;science Can Purify Our Religion; Religion Can Purify Science From Idolatry And False Absolutes&#x201d;
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • For Further Reading
  • Author Index
  • Subject Index
  • Scripture Index

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