Why Genesis 1 was written

Not that I have all the answers, of course. I thought I’d reproduce a summary of my current thoughts on the issue that I formulated in an interesting comment exchange under a post on another site. I asked what sort of question the authors of Genesis 1 etiology intended to answer: [1] why the world exists, [2] how it got […]

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Chaos in Genesis and Germanic mythology

Dr. Enns has recently reminded us that the Ancient Near East conceptualized the beginning of creation as a battle between order and disorder, the gods vs. chaos. We see the chaos of the natural world represented as an antagonist in the Genesis cosmogony. The forces of chaos are never quite given the dignity of a […]

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

N.T. Wright on “unfaithful”, “flat” readings of Genesis

The BioLogos Foundation hits another home run by soliciting and sharing this gem: Bishop of Durham Tom Wright, while no fundie, is generally regarded among scholars and many evangelicals as fairly conservative in his theological outlook (e.g., he affirms an historical Fall of some kind), so this is good to hear from him. I found […]

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Creation as God’s temple

John Walton points out that often in the Ancient Near East, a temple dedication ceremony would take place over seven days’ time; for six days, the temple would be furnished and the priests would take up their posts, and finally on the seventh day the deity would come in to take residence and begin to […]

Friday, November 27th, 2009

My position on the origins question

Josh recently commented on another thread, “I want to hear your explanation of the origin of life on earth. I have heard the positions you are against. So how did we come about?” Actually, you’re asking two different questions. The first, concerning the origin of life itself, I have not come to any conclusions on. […]

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Case Study: the Fall

This is the seventh in a series of posts on inspiration, inerrancy, and hermeneutics. The traditional doctrines of the Fall and of Original Sin teach that the first human’s first sin caused a rupture in the whole race’s ability to interact with God. How the death that Adam experienced because of his sin was passed […]

Monday, February 11th, 2008

The Literary-Generic Principle

This is the fifth of a series of posts on inspiration, inerrancy, and hermeneutics. The Importance of Determining Genre Because the Bible is a compilation of literary works, in order to get the sense of it, we must interpret each of them in the manner in which it was intended, viz. according to the appropriate […]

Sunday, January 20th, 2008