Tag Archives: John Walton

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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The Word of God is Not a Book

There is a song that I grew up with – along with many others of my generation, as well those before and after. The B-I-B-L-E, Yes, that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, The … 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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Under the Spell of the Printed Word

Western culture is, in many respects, a culture focused on the written word. Documents transmit cultural history, traditions and laws. The sagas of Harry Potter and Frodo were written before they were performed. Some of us still bristle at the … 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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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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