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The Evolution of Adam : What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins - Peter Enns

The Evolution of Adam

What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins

Paperback Published: 1st January 2012
ISBN: 9781587433153
Number Of Pages: 172

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Can Christianity and evolution coexist? Traditional Christian teaching presents Jesus as reversing the effects of the Fall of Adam. However, an evolutionary view of beginnings doesn't allow for a historical Adam, making evolution seemingly incompatible with what Genesis and the apostle Paul say about him. For Christians who accept evolution and want to take the Bible seriously, this presents a faith-shaking tension.

Peter Enns, an expert in biblical interpretation, offers a way forward by explaining how this tension is caused not by the discoveries of science but by false expectations about the biblical texts. Focusing on key biblical passages in the discussion, Enns demonstrates that the author of Genesis and the apostle Paul wrote to ask and answer ancient questions for ancient people; the fact that they both speak of Adam does not determine whether Christians can accept evolution. This thought-provoking book helps readers reconcile the teachings of the Bible with the widely held evolutionary view of beginnings and will appeal to anyone interested in the Christianity-evolution debate.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Why This Book?"Science and Faith" or "Evolution and Christianity"?Overview of the Book
Genesis: An Ancient Story of Israelite Self-Definition
Genesis and the Challenges of the Nineteenth Century:Science, Biblical Criticism, and Biblical Archaeologyp. 3
When Was Genesis Written?p. 9
The Problem of the Pentateuch, Two Early Examples.
God Has Two Names * Wellhausen and a Postexilic Pentateuch . The Old Testament, the Exile, and Israel's
Self-Definition ,The Creation Story and the Church's Self-Definition
Stories of Origins from Israel's Neighborsp. 35
Genre Calibration,Genesis 1 and Enuma Elish
Genesis 1 and Monolatry,The Flood, Gilgamesh, and tAtrahasis,Israel's Second Creation Story,Adam and Atrahasis,Reorienting Expectations of Genesis and Human Origins
Israel and Primordial Timep. 61
Israel and the Cosmic Battle,Adam and Israel,Creation and Sanctuary,The Gospel and Primordial Time
Understanding Paul's Adam
Paul's Adam and the Old Testamentp. 79
Doesn't Paul Settle the Matter?Not Paul's Adam
Paul as an Ancient Interpreter of the Old Testamentp. 93
Paul as an Ancient Man ,Interpreting the Bible after the
Exile 'Various Adams of Jewish Interpreters ,Paul and
His Bible,Paul and His Interpreted Bible
Paul's Adamp. 119
Paul's Adam: The Historical First Man, Responsible for Universal Sin and Death Sin and Death without
Adam? .The One People of God The Solution Reveals the Plight
Conclusion: Adam Today: Nine Thesesp. 137
Notesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 162
Subject Indexp. 167
Scripture Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9781587433153
ISBN-10: 158743315X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 1st January 2012
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.23