- Paperback: 257 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah Books (March 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0880708689
- ISBN-13: 978-0880708685
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Genesis Unbound: A Provocative New Look at the Creation Account Paperback – March 1, 1996
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Sailhamer's approach is to "localize" the scope of the seven-day Genesis creation account, identifying it as God's creative work within a small area of creation (essentially, the garden of Eden and its surrounding region), rather than reading it as a universal cosmology. This allows him to retain a fairly literal reading ("days" are just days) and to focus on the unique role of humans as overseers of that small pocket of creation, a bit like commanders exerting authority in the invasion of a hostile territory. He generally acknowledges Darwinian natural selection mechanisms as a reality, but sees them more as indicative of a fallen creation in need of redemption rather than (as might a theistic evolutionist) a tool used by God. This approach works best in the context of a theology that embraces the idea of God engaging in a longstanding campaign of spiritual war against the forces of sin and death, one that extends into the natural world with specially created humans as His champions.Read more ›
Sailhamer argues that the Genesis 1:1-2 is not a heading but describes the creation of the universe "in the beginning" [a time period that cannot be determined from the text". The six days are literal but later but preparation of "the land" for the man that he would create on the sixth day. Man then is a more recent addition to a creation of uncertain age.
The case is argued and referenced well.
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In his thesis, Sailhamer' claims Genesis makes no claim about when the heavens and earth were made (as do most other alternative readings of Genesis). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cal
hard to put this book down and i had stuff to talk about for weeks very awesome read.Published 17 months ago by Travis noble
This book has enlightened me greatly on the interpretation of the first chapters of Genesis which I have struggled with ...Published 20 months ago by rebecca
Sailhamer has the merit of trying to center his reading on the primary meaning of the hebrew, rather than being tributary of traditional or cultural influenced views. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Robin M. C. Reeve
I thoroughly enjoyed his scholarly research. I discussed this with some of my friends who are Hebrew scholars. They too agree with him on his handling of the Hebrew texts. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John
Sailhamer provides a third way for Bible believing Christians in the age of the earth debate. It does a great job of presenting its position, defending it from the text, and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have seldom read a book whose topic is vitally interesting to me that has been so frustrating. This author obviously has researched the topic thoroughly and has come to some... Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by M. L. McDonough