The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate

The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate

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The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate by John H. Walton, Steve Coulter

In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends 20 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531812850
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Edition description: Unabridged

About the Author

John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Previously he was professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for twenty years.

Some of Walton's books include The Lost World of Adam and Eve, The Lost World of Scripture, The Lost World of Genesis One, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, The Essential Bible Companion, The NIV Application Commentary: Genesis and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (with Victor Matthews and Mark Chavalas).

Walton's ministry experience includes church classes for all age groups, high school Bible studies and adult Sunday school classes, as well as serving as a teacher for "The Bible in 90 Days." John and his wife, Kim, live in Wheaton, Illinois, and have three adult children.

Table of Contents

Prologue 7

Introduction 9

Proposition 1 Genesis 1 Is Ancient Cosmology 16

Proposition 2 Ancient Cosmology Is Function Oriented 23

Proposition 3 "Create" (Hebrew bara) Concerns Functions 38

Proposition 4 The Beginning State in Genesis 1 Is Nonfunctional 47

Proposition 5 Days One to Three in Genesis 1 Establish Functions 54

Proposition 6 Days Four to Six in Genesis 1 Install Functionaries 63

Proposition 7 Divine Rest Is in a Temple 72

Proposition 8 The Cosmos Is a Temple 78

Proposition 9 The Seven Days of Genesis 1 Relate to the Cosmic Temple Inauguration 87

Proposition 10 The Seven Days of Genesis 1 Do Not Concern Material Origins 93

Proposition 11 "Functional Cosmic Temple" Offers Face-Value Exegesis 102

Proposition 12 Other Theories of Genesis 1 Either Go Too Far or Not Far Enough 108

Proposition 13 The Difference Between Origin Accounts in Science and Scripture Is Metaphysical in Nature 114

Proposition 14 God's Roles as Creator and Sustainer Are Less Different Than We Have Thought 119

Proposition 15 Current Debate About Intelligent Design Ultimately Concerns Purpose 125

Proposition 16 Scientific Explanations of Origins Can Be Viewed in Light of Purpose, and If So, Are Unobjectionable 132

Proposition 17 Resulting Theology in This View of Genesis 1 Is Stronger, Not Weaker 142

Proposition 18 Public Science Education Should Be Neutral Regarding Purpose 152

Summary and Conclusions 162

FAQs 169

Notes 174

Index 191

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