Category Archives: Genesis

The Flood in the Ancient Near East

The next two propositions in The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman and John Walton compare the flood story in Mesopotamian literature with the story found in Genesis 6-9. Outside of Genesis, there are several known versions of … Continue reading

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It is Hyperbole.

We’ve been reading through The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman III and John Walton. We now get to a couple of propositions that may take some getting used to and some careful thought. Tremper and John agree … Continue reading

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They’re Theological Histories

John Walton and Tremper Longman III (The Lost World of the Flood) consider many of the stories in the old Testament, and in Genesis 1-11 in particular, to be theological histories. These stories refer to historical events in some sense, … Continue reading

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Does Genesis Make Claims About History?

The obvious answer to this question is yes – at least when it comes to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. There is little doubt about this. The text is making intentional claims about the history of Israel in Genesis 12-50. … Continue reading

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Bloesch on The Primacy of Scripture

The questions surrounding Adam and Eve and the Fall in Genesis 2-3 and concerning the role of inspiration in the formation of the Bible are issues that won’t go away any time soon. They are not the only issues at … Continue reading

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An Ancient Document

The Old Testament is a collection of ancient texts written in contexts that were quite different from ours. Genesis is an ancient document. As Christians we believe that it was inspired to tell God’s story and to reveal his work … Continue reading

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Before Nature, Before Books

Jesus did not speak the ‘red letters’ in your Bible. He did not speak English … or even Greek. What we have is translation, interpretation, and paraphrase.The Gospels convey the true story of Jesus, but it does so through the … Continue reading

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