There's little question that during fresh years the character of the Genesis narrative has sparked a lot debate between Christians. This Counterpoints quantity introduces 3 primary interpretive genres and their implications for biblical figuring out. every one contributor identifies their place at the style of Genesis 1-11, addressing why it really is applicable to the textual content, and contributes examples of its software to a number of passages.

The individuals and perspectives contain:

• James ok. Hoffmeier: Theological History
• Gordon J. Wenham: Proto-History
• Kenton L. Sparks: old Historiography

General editor and outdated testomony student Charles Halton explains the significance of style and gives ancient perception within the creation and valuable summaries of every place within the end. within the reader-friendly Counterpoints structure, this publication is helping readers to mirror at the strengths and weaknesses of every view and draw trained conclusions during this much-debated subject.

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Here’s the ironic thing: As distinct as we are as human beings and as children of God, there is a relentless pressure to conform to the “pattern of this world” (Rom. 12:2 NIV). Even though we are unique, we drift into the behaviors of “what everyone else is doing” so as to make us indistinguishable from the people of the world. Recently I read an unsettling book by George Barna, who heads a research group that conducts surveys of both Christians and non-Christians in order to discern trends within our culture.

But God is always faithful to keep His promise. These are the twin themes, the Big Ideas, of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. For example, in 2 Kings we witness the severity of God’s discipline for compromise as He allows Israel (the northern kingdom) to be conquered by the Assyrians, and 150 years later Judah (the southern kingdom) falls to the Babylonians. They destroy Jerusalem, including Solomon’s temple, and carry God’s people into captivity for seventy years. God warned the people of Israel and Judah through the prophets Elijah and Elisha, as well as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, and Hosea, yet they did not relent from conforming to the patterns of the godless culture around them.

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