July 29, 2015

Relational God, relational creation

For your contemplation today, here is more from Terence Fretheim on the “fundamental relational character” of God and the creation. • • • A basic claim I wish to make about the Old Testament understanding of creation is that it has a fundamental relational character. …Crucial in thinking through biblical texts regarding creation is the […]

Randy Thompson: The Bloody God and the Bleeding God

The Bloody God and the Bleeding God by Randy Thompson, Forest Haven, Bradford, NH I’ve been reading the Old Testament. It’s a great story, despite Leviticus’ by-laws and Numbers’ numbers. However, reading it is an unsettling experience. As I started to note the body count, it seemed to me that God was a lot like […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (5)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve” • Excursus by N.T. Wright We have been blogging through John Walton’s book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Here are the previous posts in the series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Today, I’d like to focus […]

Non-Order, Order, Disorder

I was thinking we might finish John Walton’s book today, but I had brain cramp trying to put a final post together, so I’ll save that for another day. In the meantime, I’d like to get the community’s input on one of Walton’s propositions that we haven’t discussed yet. Here we will be dealing with theological […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (4)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve”, by John Walton • Post #4: Propositions 12-14 The next three propositions John Walton presents have to do with the setting of the “garden” in Eden and those who dwelt therein. Adam is assigned to be a priest in God’s sacred space, with Eve as his helper. […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (3)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve”, by John Walton • Post #3: Propositions 7-11 Here are the next propositions John Walton makes regarding Adam and Eve and the account of Genesis 2-3: The second creation account can be viewed as a sequel to the creation account in Genesis 1 (not a recapitulation of […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (2)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve”, by John Walton • Post #2: Proposition 6 Now that the groundwork has been laid (see post one in this series), and before he moves into a specific consideration of the text in Genesis 2ff, John Walton takes up an important broader question in his sixth […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (1)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve” • Propositions 1-5 I’d like to take some time during the near future to blog through John Walton’s important book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Those familiar with Walton’s earlier work know that he writes on this […]

“10 Words” from the OT that guide my journey

Let me mention Peter Enns once more this week. A couple of days ago he ran a stimulating post called 10 Old Testament passages that shape how I think about God. It’s good stuff, and I wholeheartedly encourage you to read it. Well, that got me thinking about what I might put on a list […]

Pete Enns on Christians and the Old Testament

This post was first published on Peter Enns’s blog, Rethinking Biblical Christianity, on July 29, 2013. * * * When Christians run up against interpretive challenges in the Old Testament – like killing Canaanites to take their land or the meaning of the Adam story vis-à-vis science – a common way of handling these challenges is […]