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The lost world of Genesis One : ancient cosmology and the origins debate

Author: John H Walton
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Academic, ©2009.
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John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins. --from publisher description.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John H Walton
ISBN: 9780830837045 0830837043
OCLC Number: 313654288
Description: 192 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Genesis 1 is ancient cosmology --
Ancient cosmology is function oriented --
"Create" (Hebrew baraʼ) concerns and functions --
The beginning state in Genesis 1 is nonfunctional --
Days one to three in Genesis 1 establish functions --
Days four to six in Genesis 1 install functionaries --
Divine rest is in a temple --
The cosmos is a temple --
The seven days of Genesis 1 relate to the cosmic temple inauguration --
The seven days of Genesis 1 do not concern material origins --
"Functional cosmic temple" offers face-value exegesis --
Other theories of Genesis 1 either go too far or not far enough --
The difference between origin accounts in science and scripture is metaphysical in nature --
God's roles as creator and sustainer are less different than we have thought --
Current debate about intelligent design ultimately concerns purpose --
Scientific explanations of origins can be viewed in light of purpose, and if so, are unobjectionable --
Resulting theology in this view of Genesis 1 is stronger, not weaker --
Public science education should be neutral regarding purpose.
Responsibility: John H. Walton.

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John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins. --from publisher description.

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