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Friday, May 23, 2008

On Genesis and its interpretation

Check out this book by Hoeksema: In the Beginning God

A neat little article on Genesis and its literary form. This came up a while ago on this blog. Someone asked had we considered the question of 'genre', as though this was the defeater of our view. It wasn't of course, unless the reader rules out the text's chronological anchor from the start. One of the chief characteristics of myth and similar dislocated discourse is its blurring of time references. Genesis 1, on the other hand, goes the long way round to ensure that the time references are clearly communicated.

3 comments:

Jase said...

"Genesis 1, on the other hand, goes the long way round to ensure that the time references are clearly communicated."

How many times must God say something before He is believed and trusted? It should be once, but those who stray here are without excuse.

A Christian friend recently asked me what I would do if, when I was standing before God at the end, He told me that He did use billions of years. This friend was incredulous that I could dare say that God would not say that. I dare because His Word says otherwise.

Critias said...

Thanks for the links. I've just read the Hoeksema booklet: fabulous. What a neat little work on Genesis 1 and science. I love what he says and that his critique of materialist 'science' is biblical, like the whole booklet, its about the scriptures, not being blown about by human speculation.

I only wish he'd gone on to develop a theology of creation and its role in our thinking both in the scriptures and philosophically.

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