Saturday, May 23, 2009

Question: Resource for Interpreting Genesis

Question from Joel:
I was wondering if you knew of any good books that gives sort of an introduction or overview to the whole genesis debate, old earth, young earth, Gen. 1-11 as not historical etc, from a christian perspective? I am interested in learning more about Genesis but don't know where to start.
Joel, you are asking too different questions here so I'll separate them out.

1. Overview/introduction to the age of the earth debate
- You have a few options here. I'll make a short list to get you started.2. Historicity of Genesis - This is an interesting question. Sadly, there isn't exactly an abundance of information on this topic. For some reason, there aren't a whole lot of people out there trying to do good integrative work on the early chapters of Genesis and archaeology. This is rather unfortunate, because this is an issue that creates a huge stumbling block for many unbelievers.

That being said, here are a few options.
  • Hugh Ross has a book that attempts to do this entitled, The Genesis Question. Although there are a number of topics that I would take issue with him on, I completely admire and respect his attempt to deal faithfully with the biblical text as real history.
  • For a slightly different perspective, you could check out my friend, Carol Hill's articles archived on the American Scientific Affiliation web site. Just do a search on her name and several articles will pop up, particularly related to the events surrounding Noah's flood.
  • You might want to also consider, Fazale Rana's book, Who Was Adam? He attempts to harmonize the paleoanthropological data for the origin of humanity with the biblical description of Adam and Eve.

1 comment:

Virginia Peterson said...

How about: "Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation" by Whorton & Roberts.