Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1-3
Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1-3
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  • 400 Pages
  • Publisher : Crossway Books

Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1-3

Poythress, Vern S.; Carson, D. A.

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"No interpreter of the creation narratives can avoid interacting with this book." --Derek W. H. Thomas

Christians have long discussed and debated the first three chapters of the Bible. How we interpret this crucial section of Scripture has massive implications for how we understand the rest of God's Word and even history itself. In this important volume, biblical scholar Vern Poythress combines careful exegesis with theological acumen to illuminate the significance of Genesis 1-3. In doing so, he demonstrates the sound interpretive principles that lead to true understanding of the biblical text, while also exploring complex topics such as the nature of time, the proper role of science, interpretive literalism, and more.

Table of Contents:

Tables and Illustrations
Foreword by D. A. Carson
Acknowledgment
Introduction: The Need

Part 1: Basic Interpretive Principles

  1. God
  2. Interpretive Implications of God's Activity
  3. The Status of the Bible
  4. Interacting with Scientific Claims
  5. Three Modern Myths in Interpreting Genesis 1
  6. The Genre of Genesis
  7. Summary of Hermeneutical Principles

Part 2: Exegetical Concerns  

  1. Correlations with Providence in Genesis 1
  2. The Water Above (Gen. 1:6–8) 
  3. Correlations with Providence in Genesis 2–3

Part 3: Interpreting Genesis 1–3 as a Larger Whole

  1. Time in Genesis 1
  2. Implications for Modern Views of Genesis 1
  3. Attitudes and Expectations
  4. The Days of Genesis 1
  5. Factuality and Literalism

Conclusion
Appendix A: Genesis 1:1 Is the First Event, Not a Summary
Appendix B: The Meaning of Accommodation
Appendix C: A Misunderstanding of Calvin on Genesis 1:6–8 and 1:5
Appendix D: Multiple Interpretations of Ancient Texts
Bibliography
Subject Index
Scripture Index