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The lost world of the flood : mythology, theology, and the deluge debate

Author: Tremper Longman, III; John H Walton
Publisher: Downers Grove, IL : IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2018.
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The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth . . . and the ark floated on the face of the waters" (Gen 6:17-18 NRSV). In our modern age the Genesis flood account has been probed and analyzed for answers to scientific, apologetic, and historical questions. It is a text that has called forth flood geology, fueled searches for remnants of  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Longman, Tremper.
Lost world of the flood.
Downers Grove : InterVarsity Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018011458
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tremper Longman, III; John H Walton
ISBN: 0830887822 9780830887828
OCLC Number: 1029071807
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Part I: Method: Perspectives on Interpretation. Proposition 1: Genesis Is an Ancient Document; Proposition 2: Genesis 1-11 Makes Claims About Real Events in a Real Past ; Proposition 3: Genesis Uses Rhetorical Devices; Proposition 4: The Bible Uses Hyperbole to Describe Historical Events; Proposition 5: Genesis Appropriately Presents a Hyperbolic Account of the Flood; Proposition 6: Genesis Depicts the Flood as a Global Event --
Part II: Background: Ancient Near Eastern Texts. Proposition 7: Ancient Mesopotamia Also Has Stories of a Worldwide Flood; Proposition 8: The Biblical Flood Story Shares Similarities and Differences with Ancient Near Eastern Flood Accounts --
Part III: Text: Understanding the Biblical Text Literarily and Theologically. Proposition 9: A Local Cataclysmic Flood Is Intentionally Described as a Global Flood for Rhetorical Purposes; Proposition 10: The Flood Account Is Part of a Sequence of Sin and Judgment Serving as Backstory for the Covenant; Proposition 11: The Theological History Is Focused on the Issue of Divine Presence, the Establishment of Order, and How Order Is Undermined; Proposition 12: The "Sons of God" Episode Is Not Only a Prelude to the Flood; It Is the Narrative Sequel to Cain and Abel; Proposition 13: The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) Is an Appropriate Conclusion to the Primeval Narrative --
Part IV: The World: Thinking About Evidence for the Flood. Proposition 14: The Flood Story Has a Real Event Behind It; Proposition 15: Geology Does Not Support a Worldwide Flood (Steve Moshier); Proposition 16: Flood Stories from Around the World Do Not Prove a Worldwide Flood; Proposition 17: "Science Can Purify Our Religion; Religion Can Purify Science from Idolatry and False Absolutes".
Responsibility: Tremper Longman III and John H. Walton ; with a contribution by Stephen Moshier.

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The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth . . . and the ark floated on the face of the waters" (Gen 6:17-18 NRSV). In our modern age the Genesis flood account has been probed and analyzed for answers to scientific, apologetic, and historical questions. It is a text that has called forth flood geology, fueled searches for remnants of the ark on Mount Ararat, and inspired a full-size replica of Noah's ark in a biblical theme park. Some claim that the very veracity of Scripture hinges on a particular reading of the flood narrative. But do we understand what we are reading? Longman and Walton urge us to hit the pause button and ask, what might the biblical author have been saying to his ancient audience? The answer to our quest to rediscover the biblical flood requires that we set aside our own cultural and interpretive assumptions and visit the distant world of the ancient Near East. Responsible interpretation calls for the patient examination of the text within its ancient context of language, literature, and thought structures. And as we return from that lost world to our own, we will need to ask whether geological science supports the notion of flood geology. The story of Noah and the flood will continue to invite questions and explorations. But to read Longman and Walton is put our feet on firmer interpretive ground. Without attempting to answer all of our questions, they lift the fog of modernity and allow the sunlight to reveal the true contours of the text. As with other books in the Lost World series, The Lost World of the Flood is an informative and enlightening journey toward a more responsible reading of a timeless biblical narrative.

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