September 1, 2015

Wisdom Week: Proverbs – Life’s Baseline

When most people think of “wisdom” with regard to the Bible, the Book of Proverbs comes to mind. Proverbs contains observations and instructions about life at its “baseline.” It sets forth general standards of life and living well. Eugene Peterson describes its sapiential message in these terms: “Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions […]

Pete Enns: When God stops making sense (or, my favorite part of the Old Testament)

Note from CM: As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, my favorite OT scholar is Pete Enns. He has helped me so much in furthering my understanding of and love for the Hebrew Bible after seminary. I owe him a great debt, and I’m happy that he is always amenable to sharing articles with us […]

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 […]