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Reading Genesis well : navigating history, poetry, science, and truth in Genesis 1-11

Author: C John Collins
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2018]
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What does it mean to be a good reader of Genesis 1-11' What does it mean to take these ancient stories seriously and how does that relate to taking them literally' Can we even take any of this material seriously' Reading Genesis Wellanswers these questions and more, promoting a responsible conversation about how science and biblical faith relate by developing a rigorous approach to interpreting the Bible, especially  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Collins, C. John, 1954-
Reading Genesis well.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2018]
(DLC) 2018038919
(OCoLC)1027836974
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C John Collins
ISBN: 9780310598589 0310598583
OCLC Number: 1065539663
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction1.A Historical backcloth: Benjamin Jowett and 19th century literalism1.B James Barr, Jowett's heir1.C Why do I think Lewis can help?1.D My own background and stance2. What is happening in Literary Communication 2.A The Big Idea: How to approach any work of art2.B Linguistics, rhetoric, literary criticism3. Types of Language and Biblical Interpretation3.A Speech Act Theory and Biblical rhetoric3.B Lewis' essay, "The language of religion"3.C Metaphor, thought, truth3.D Examples of exegesis3.E Is there a role for analytical language?3.F Conclusions4. Good Faith Communication4.A How does communication work?4.B What is "good faith communication"?4.C What is the connection between world picture and worldview?4.D Sense, referent, rhetoric, and truth5. What do we have in Genesis 1-11? 1: Context5.A Cohesion and coherence5.A.1 Internal cohesion5.A.2 Cohesion with Genesis - Deuteronomy5.A.3 Connected but separate5.B Shared world context5.B.1 Other nations' origin stories5.B.2 Audience criticism and "rhetorical situation" 5.B.2.a Date of Genesis 5.B.2.b Implied audience6. What do we have in Genesis 1-11? 2: Function6.A The Pentateuch as "constitution"6.B Genesis and worldview story6.C Anachronism and history6.D Literary style and language level6.E Literary style and architecture of Genesis 1-117. Genesis 1-11: A rhetorical-theological reading7.A Creation and fall (Genesis 1-4)7.A.1 Creation (Genesis 1-2)7.A.2 "Fall" and consequences (Genesis 3-4)7.B From Adam to Noah (Genesis 5)7.C The Great Flood7.C.1 The set-up (Gen. 6:1-4)7.C.2 Flood Story proper (Gen. 6:5-9:17)7.C.3 The sequel (Gen. 9:18-29)7.D All the families/clans of the earth (Gen. 10:1-11:9)7.D.1 Table of Nations (Gen. 10:1-32)7.D.2 Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9)7.E From Shem to Abram (Gen. 11:10-26)8. What have other qualified readers seen in Genesis 1-11(Old Testament, New Testament, Jewish, Patristic)8.A The Big Story8.B Creation of material ex nihilo8.C Relation of Genesis 1 and 28.D Human origins and fall8.E The Flood8.F Genesis and Hellenistic science9. Genesis 1-11, World picture and worldview9.A What is the shape of the world?9.B Does the sun "rise"?9.C Where does the rain come from?9.D A three-decker universe?9.E Hasn't explaining become explaining away?9.F How should we read God's action in creation?9.G Where the conflict really lies10. Genesis 1-11: A humane moral vision for Israel and the world10.A Redemptive history as worldview story10.B "Heirs" of this story10.B.1 Israel10.B.2 Christians10.C Conclusion: Reading Genesis 1-11 well
Responsibility: C. John Collins.

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Reading Genesis Well promotes a responsible conversation about how science and biblical faith relate by offering a reading strategy for Genesis 1-11, and the rest of the Bible, based on tools  Read more...

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