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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158743315X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587433153
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) is the Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He was formerly senior fellow of biblical studies for The BioLogos Foundation, an organization that explores the

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This is the only book I’ve read (or even seen) that deals with what I think is the crux of the difficulty of aligning the Bible with the theory of evolution – Paul’s explanation of how Adam’s sin brought death into the world. In this enlightening book, Enns explains how the creation accounts in both Genesis and Romans need to be read and understood through the eyes of the author's community and the context within which he was writing. This profoundly challenges the traditional understanding of the purpose of the text - for instance, one implication is that Genesis should not be viewed as a story of origins in the biological sense but, rather, as a functional tool for Israel to understand itself! To his credit, though, Enns does not shy away from admitting that his thesis potentially opens up a new set of challenges.

One of the most valuable contributions of this work is the way in which Enns demonstrates that those who want to remain faithful to the Biblical record need not be threatened by the findings of Biology, Archaeology or even textual criticism, but the more we understand the ancient world, the closer we can come to finding harmony in the debate between science and faith. He approaches each of the challenges he sets out with grace and demonstrates how one can read Paul in this way and still maintain faith in a literal, resurrected Christ – just as he himself does.
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First, I don't give five stars to anything which is less than exceptional, so this is a very good rating.

The book is very readable and well presented, introduces a variety of methods of interpretation, taking the view (which I agree) that a search for one layer of meaning only is a mistake. In the process, some ideas which were novel to me occur, and I like books which get me thinking in a new direction.

As a definitively liberal Christian, I did not find that Dr. Enns evangelical background was at all obtrusive, though more space was given to justifying the interpretational methods used than I needed.
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In this engaging and learned book, Peter Enns has done a great service to Christians all over the world. For many of us who have not been trained how to study ancient texts and explore ancient worlds, at the extent that Enns has anyway, this book proves to be a very useful stepping stone / tool to cut your teeth in.
It is contemporary without ignoring the centuries of scholarship behind us, and it is accessible without being superficial.
I have found it useful beyond measure and often go back to it. I would also recommend Walton's The Lost World of Genesis 1.
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By J M Metcalfe on 25 Feb. 2015
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A very thoughtful book and one that I found very helpful.
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By Amazon Customer on 12 Jun. 2015
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Great book
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