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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Pub (June 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598568884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598568882
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Bruggink on August 14, 2013
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Here is a book from which people new to and people already familiar with the subject matter can benefit.

It begins with five chapters written by five Old Testament scholars (in alphabetical order) defending their respective positions on how to best interpret Genesis 1-2: (1) Richard E. Averback on a literary approach, (2) Todd S. Beall on a literal approach, (3) C. John Collins on analogical days, (4) Tremper Longman III on what Genesis 1-2 teaches and what it doesn't, and (5) John H. Walton on reading Genesis 1 as ancient cosmology.

Each essay is followed by brief responses from the other four scholars, in which they politely point out the differences in their views, e.g., Beall referring to Longman's "uncritical acceptance of what seem to be very dubious scientific hypotheses." (p. 134), or Longman stating in his response to Beall's essay: "The bottom line is that it is wrong to equate narrative automatically with history and certainly not with literal, precise history, or poetry with figure and fictions. Poetry can be historical (see Exod 15 and Ps 136) and narrative, using normal prose syntax, can be fictional." (p. 66)

Walton has a particularly good conclusion to his comments on Beall's essay: "Sometimes new advances in science do make us go back to the biblical text to see if we have been working on some wrong assumptions. Otherwise we would still believe that the sum revolved around the earth. This does not mean that the Bible is submitting to science, only that we are always ready to recognize that our interpretations, however long they have been around, are fallible and subject to reconsideration." (p. 72)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Caneday on August 3, 2013
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If you are attempting to keep pace with the recent flow of books on beginnings and the historicity of Adam, you will want to add this well compiled anthology of essays that originated from a conference at Bryan College in Tennessee.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Allen on January 8, 2014
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This is essentially what I wanted - to be able to follow the rationale of 'evangelicals' who denied or adjusted the historicity of Genesis 1-2. I already knew the main theological arguments, but this helped me understand the thinking that would dismiss the factual text.
While I respect the persons behind the views expressed, I continue to be astonished at the ingenuity used to re-write the text, in effect.
I would recommend this primarily for Christians already well-acquainted with the basic viewpoints.
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