The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate

The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate Author John H. Walton
ISBN-10 0830824618
ISBN-13 9780830824618
Year 2015-03-27
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher IVP Academic
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2016 Christianity Today Biblical Studies Award of Merit For centuries the story of Adam and Eve has resonated richly through the corridors of art literature and theology But for most moderns taking it at face value is incongruous And even for many thinking Christians today who want to take seriously the authority of Scripture insisting on a literal understanding of Genesis 23 looks painfully like a tear here strip between faith and science How can Christians of good faith move forward Who were the historical Adam and Eve What if we ve been reading Genesisand its claims regarding material originswrong In what cultural context was this couple this garden this tree this serpent portrayed Following his groundbreaking Lost World of Genesis One John Walton explores the ancient Near Eastern context of Genesis 23 creating space for a faithful reading of Scripture along with full engagement with science for a new way forward in the human origins debate As a bonus an illuminating excursus by N T Wright places Adam in the implied narrative of Paul s theology The Lost World of Adam and Eve will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand this foundational text historically and theologically and wondering how to view it alongside contemporary understandings of human origins

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