Academic journal article Theological Studies

Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation

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Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation. Edited by J. Daryl Charles. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2013. Pp. xxi + 240. $24.95.

The five main essays in this volume are the fruit of a symposium at Bryan Institute, Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2011. Five scholars, Richard Averbeck, Todd Beall, C. John Collins, Tremper Longman III, and John Walton, "broadly representative of wider evangelicalism," interpret Genesis 1-2 and respond to one another. Victor Hamilton introduces the essays, and Kenneth J. Turner and Jud Davis of Bryan College provide concluding essays. All the main contributors take with utmost seriousness comparative material, especially Mesopotamian; all hold the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch and, with the exception of Longman, the historical existence of Adam and Eve; none makes use of traditional Pentateuchal sources to resolve problems, and only one (Longman) uses genre in a sense recognizable by most modern scholars. Richard

Averbeck of Trinity Evangelical, for example, struggles with his previous literal interpretation of the six days of creation and emphasizes the observable world, that is, what is represented by the six days. …

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