Seven specialists in Old Testament theology and interpretation come together to offer a variety of needed biblical perspectives and insights on how to interpret the first two chapters of Genesis correctly. Evangelical scholars, college and seminary professors (and their students), and pastors will benefit from this title. This is the only book of its kind that involves a critical and comparative assessment of the early Genesis narratives by Old Testament scholars actually working in the field.
From the Introduction by Victor P. Hamilton: "
"Even in the wider evangelical portion of conservative Protestantism there are emerging divergent perspectives on reading Gen 1-2. To some this is salutary. To others it is a slippery slope. The essays to follow in this volume, all by highly esteemed and well-published OT evangelical scholars, will demonstrate this hermeneutical diversity . . .
A community of believers tries, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to come to an understanding of a scriptural position or passage by thinking together, talking and dialoguing together, praying together, and by agreeing to disagree agreeably if the case need be. The title of the Bryan Institute symposium which produced this collection of essays was 'Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation.' To which I say, let the conversation continue.""
RICHARD E. AVERBECK--Genesis 1 and 2 as Observational Cosmogony and Cosmology: A Literary, Inter-textual, and Contextual Reading
TODD BEALL--Reading Genesis 1 and 2: A Literal Approach
C. JOHN COLLINS--Reading Genesis 1-2 with the Grain: Analogical Days
TREMPER LONGMAN III--What Genesis 1-2 Teaches (and What It Doesn't)
JOHN H. WALTON--Reading Genesis One as Ancient Cosmology
KENNETH J. TURNER--Teaching Genesis 1 at a Christian College
JUD DAVIS -- Unresolved Questions: Evangelicals and Genesis 1-2
A "response" section follows each chapter, in which each author has the opportunity to reply to the viewpoint presented. It is truly a conversational format.
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J. Daryl Charles (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is director and senior fellow of the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought & Practice, Bryan College, and served as the 2007-1008 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion & Public Life, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Department of Politics, of Princeton University. He is the co-author (with David D. Corey) ofJustice in an Age of Terror and (with David B. Capes) of Thriving in Babylon: Essays in Honor of A. J. Conyers and the author of Retrieving Natural Law. The translator of Roots of Wisdom by Claus Westermann, he serves on the editorial advisory boards of the journals Pro Ecclesia and Cultural Encounters, and is contributing editor of the journal Touchstone
C. John Collins (PhD, University of Liverpool) is Professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary. Chair of the Old Testament translation committee for the English Standard Version, he is the author of Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary; The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of God s Action in the World; Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? and Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who They Were and Why You Should Care.
Victor P. Hamilton (PhD, Brandeis University), now retired, was professor of Bible and theology at Asbury University for more than thirty-five years. He is the author of major commentaries on Genesis and Exodus as well as "Handbook on the Historical Books."
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