9780830837045

The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate

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  • ISBN13:

    9780830837045

  • ISBN10:

    0830837043

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/30/2009
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr

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Summary

Roger Olson delves into many of the significant issues raised by the popular book, The Shack, such as forgiving those who have done us great evil, how God acts in the world, how God is three persons in one and what difference this makes to us. While he offers his own criticisms of the book, he largely finds the truth about God in The Shack.

Author Biography

John H. Walton is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He has written many books on the Old Testament and its ancient Near-Eastern background, including a commentary on Genesis, Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context and (as coauthor) The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 7
Introductionp. 9
Genesis 1 Is Ancient Cosmologyp. 16
Ancient Cosmology Is Function Orientedp. 23
"Create" (Hebrew bara) Concerns Functionsp. 38
The Beginning State in Genesis 1 Is Nonfunctionalp. 47
Days One to Three in Genesis 1 Establish Functionsp. 54
Days Four to Six in Genesis 1 Install Functionariesp. 63
Divine Rest Is in a Templep. 72
The Cosmos Is a Templep. 78
The Seven Days of Genesis 1 Relate to the Cosmic Temple Inaugurationp. 87
The Seven Days of Genesis 1 Do Not Concern Material Originsp. 93
"Functional Cosmic Temple" Offers Face-Value Exegesisp. 102
Other Theories of Genesis 1 Either Go Too Far or Not Far Enoughp. 108
The Difference Between Origin Accounts in Science and Scripture Is Metaphysical in Naturep. 114
God's Roles as Creator and Sustainer Are Less Different Than We Have Thoughtp. 119
Current Debate About Intelligent Design Ultimately Concerns Purposep. 125
Scientific Explanations of Origins Can Be Viewed in Light of Purpose, and If So, Are Unobjectionablep. 132
Resulting Theology in This View of Genesis 1 Is Stronger, Not Weakerp. 142
Public Science Education Should Be Neutral Regarding Purposep. 152
Summary and Conclusionsp. 162
FAQsp. 169
Notesp. 174
Indexp. 191
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