Tag Archives: creation narrative

Adam and Eve – What’s in a name?

In an earlier post, we explored the use of “Adam” in Genesis, and how common translations obscure the true nature of his name. When that nature is revealed, the sense of the text changes a lot. It turns out that … Continue reading

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Reading Genesis with the Mind of Christ

Debate over the creation time frame largely boils down to how one interprets Genesis 1. For those who interpret it as a literal description of physical events, the answer is clearly that creation occurred in a six day period. Others … Continue reading

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Context of Biblical References to Six Days, Part 1: Exodus 20:11 and the Ten Commandments

In an earlier post, we looked at the nature of the two six-day creation references in Exodus (Exodus 20:11 and Exodus 31:17). They both relate it to the establishment of the Sabbath, but they differ in specific Hebrew words used … Continue reading

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Is There a Plain Sense Reading of Genesis 1?

While discussing the creation narrative with someone recently, they made reference to taking the plain sense of Genesis 1-3 and, based on a popular saying, stated that one should take the plain sense as the intended meaning whenever it makes … Continue reading

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The Figurative Nature of God’s Rest in Genesis

The ongoing debate about Genesis creation largely comes down to whether the first chapter of Genesis should be taken literally or figuratively. It’s common for Exodus 20:11 to be referenced because it seems to clearly reinforce a six-day timeframe. However, … Continue reading

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Book Review: God’s Pattern for Creation, by W. Robert Godfrey

Following last week’s post about writing book reviews, here’s a first attempt at doing so. The book reviewed is a small, approachable volume that explores a figurative interpretation of Genesis 1 in light of Biblical covenant themes.

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