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Summary ↠ Genesis Author James K. Hoffmeier Ë PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï There is little doubt that in recent years the nature of the Genesis narrative has sparked much debate among Christians This Counterpoints volume introduces three predominant interpretive genres Ns the importance of genre and provides historical insight in the introduction and helpful summaries of each position in the conclusion In the reader friendly Counterpoints format this book helps readers to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed conclusions in this much debated topic. Up to this point I've really enjoyed the books in the Counterpoints series that I've read so far They've been very helpful in cultivating a better understanding of different views and in developing my own views on various theological subjects as well So I was disappointed to find that this volume did not achieve either of these goals This is due primarily to the length of the book itself which is only a little over 160 pages long The contributors are only given about 25 30 pages to argue their case and about 10 pages to respond to the others To put this in perspective the last Counterpoints book I read Are the Miraculous Gifts for Today was about 350 pages long with the main essays being around 50 pages long and the responses around 16 20 pages I am honestly not sure why Zondervan felt like this book should be so much smaller than the others but it hurts the book's usefulness drastically as the authors are simply not given enough space to flesh out their arguments and make a compelling case for their views In addition to the issues regarding the book's length I also found myself being frustrated with the contributors themselves Hoffmeier argues that Genesis is largely historical and makes good arguments for a historical reading with some mythic elements mixed into the accounts; but he does not specify which details should be considered historical and which should be considered as myth He had the opportunity to do so in his response to Wenham; but sadly he only listed the things he agreed with Wenham about in his response and failed to highlight where they differed Wenham views Genesis as protohistory and seems to believe that it doesn't really matter which stories are historical and which are mythical because the theological message of Genesis remains the same regardless of genre But as Sparks rightly pointed out in his response to Wenham it is impossible to interpret Genesis or any other piece of literature without at least some understanding of its genre As for Sparks himself his essay was ironically the most clear and well organized of the three while being the farthest from orthodoxy Sparks believes that modern literary criticism and scientific advancements must force one to conclude that Genesis is actually the product of multiple authors who contradicted each other and who believed many of the events to be historical that in reality never happened Sparks also hints that this reflects his understanding of the Old Testament as a whole as well Yet somehow Sparks doesn't see the inconsistency of allowing scientific theories and modern critical scholarship to shape his views of Genesis while rejecting such theories and scholarship when it comes to the resurrection of Christ and the historical reliability of the gospelsAll of these inconsistencies combined with the brevity of the book itself made this an ultimately disappointing read While I did gain some interesting insights into the structure and themes of Genesis itself particularly from Hoffmeier and Wenham my understanding of the issues surrounding the historicity of Genesis was not greatly enhanced by this volume

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There is little doubt that in recent years the nature of the Genesis narrative has sparked much debate among Christians This Counterpoints volume introduces three predominant interpretive genres and their implications for biblical understanding Each contributor identifies their position on the genre of Genesis 1 11. This book presenting three contemporary evangelical scholars in conversation on the nature of Genesis 1 11 is an excellent introduction to the subject There is agreement between Hoffmeier and Wenham than there is between either of them and Sparks who adopts a re microwaved Document theorist approach to Genesis I personally found Wenham's full article and Hoffmeier's response to sparks to be the most interesting and helpful parts of the bookAnybody who wants to gain a grasp of how contemporary evangelical exegetes of the Old Testament who are authorities in this area are interpreting Genesis 1 11 needs to read this book and then follow the sources which are uotedThere is less on Genesis 1 2 than I would have expected Though it is clear that none of the authors accept a literal 24 hour 6 day creation theory only Sparks who clearly holds an extremely liberal interpretation of Genesis actually explains why he rejects the literal 6 day creation theoryOf course one would get a better understanding of their respective views by reading their books and commentaries; however we couldn't ask for a better introduction to the subject

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Genesis Author James K. HoffmeiAddressing why it is appropriate to the text and contributes examples of its application to a variety of passagesThe contributors and views includeJames K Hoffmeier Theological History Gordon J Wenham Proto History Kenton K Sparks Ancient HistoriographyGeneral editor and Old Testament scholar Charles Halton explai. Well worth reading for a certain variety of scholarly perspectives on the first part of Genesis chapters 1 through 11