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Reclaiming Genesis [Kindle Edition]

Melvin Tinker
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Some argue for a literal treatment of the first 12 chapters of Genesis; others accept some form of deistic evolution. But what is its real message? Melvin Tinker argues that we should focus on the intended meaning of the text. Genesis challenges the nations surrounding Israel to a different view of the world. For example, God has no genealogy, unlike gods of surrounding nations. 'The two great lights' are so described because the words 'sun' and 'moon' referred to regional deities. When God rested on the seventh day, the day of contemplation of his good creation, this would have upset the Babylonians who considered seven an unlucky number. This is just the start. Genesis is pregnant with meaning and challenges to both the ancient world and the world today. Here are the foundational themes of the Christian faith: God's mercy; human dignity and purpose; God's mission to heal the nations.

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The author makes the early chapters of Genesis come wonderfully alive, in a way that gives full weight to current science. This accessible book is an essential guide for all those who wish to understand how Genesis speaks to us today. --Dr Denis Alexander, Babraham Institute, Cambridge

Too many interpretations of Genesis are not firmly based on the text of Scripture. Melvin Tinker brings us firmly back to the Bible and its implications for the 21st century. --Professor R.J.Berry, Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College, London

A winsome, warm, thoughtful, and pastoral treatment. --Carl R Trueman, Academic Dean, Westminster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania

About the Author

Vicar of St John Newland since 1994, Melvin read Theology at Oxford University and trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall. He has previously been curate at Wetherby Parish Church, Chaplain to Keele University and vicar of All Hallows, Cheadle. He is author of several books and a popular speaker.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1854249975
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (20 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MVXVS2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #581,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If you truly want to understand Genesis and what it says, than this is the book for you.
Mr Tinker describes, in a beautiful way, the meaning of Genesis and how it always points to Jesus.
Read it and leave all this creation debate aside, this book tells you want God wants you to know.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Significance of the early chapters of Genesis 12 May 2011
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This book gives a good overview of the theological significance of the first 12 chapters of Genesis. The author explains the key ideas introduced here and how they underpin all of Scripture. In the preface (essay) on 'Creation, Evolution and Genesis' the author argues that these early chapters of Genesis should perhaps be given a literary category of 'figurative narrative'. The main part of the book is based on the text of Genesis. I've not read any Melvin Tinker before, but I found his book very easy to read. I think this book would provide useful material to those who need to preach or teach on these early chapters of Genesis, or to the interested general reader who would like a better understanding of why these chapters of the Bible are important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming Genesis 20 Jun. 2011
A well thought out and well researched approach to interpreting Genesis for the 21st Century. I would recommend it thoroughly.
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