Re: GEN 1-11: Beyond the concordist debate

Date: Mon May 06 2002 - 22:47:20 EDT

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    Walt wrote,

    << I think, Shaun, that you seriously misjudge the dominance of
      "scholarship" as supporting the position that you promote here. I would
      suggest that you get a copy of Francis A. Schaffer's (A generally
      accepted "scholar")"Genesis in Space and Time". While deeply exploring
      the spiritual meaning of Genesis, Schaffer points out the reasons for
      taking Genesis 1-11 as a true historical account and backs it up with
      Biblical quotes from the New and Old Testament. Indeed, he suggests that
      it is _only_ as a historical account can it's deep spiritual content be
      appreciated -- and that "scholarship" that treats it as other than real
      history falls short of the true spiritual message. I suggest that
      reading it might possibly change some of your conclusions. >>

    Schaeffer was a philosopher of sorts and a good popularizer of some important
    ideas; but, even conservative OT biblical scholars have never taken him
    seriously as a biblical scholar.

    Five capable conservative OT biblical scholars have written commentaries on
    Genesis in recent times. If one is looking for informed conservative
    scholarship, these commentaries are the place to look:
    Victor P. Hamilton, The Book of Genesis Chapters 1-17 (Grand Rapids:
    Eerdmans, 1990); now has 18-50 as a second volume.
    Gordon J. Wenham, Genesis 1-15 (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1987)
    Kenneth Matthews, Genesis 1-11:26 (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1996)
    John H. Walton, Genesis, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids:
    Zondervan, 2001).
    Bruce K. Waltke, Genesis (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001)


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