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The Lost World of Genesis One
The Lost World of Genesis One
by John H. Walton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.10

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars much to be discovered in this lost world, 3 Jan. 2011
Professor Walton will be known to many biblical scholars and teachers as co-author of a fine Old Testament Survey. This book makes a significant contribution to the study of Genesis and, indeed, the whole of the Hebrew Bible. Walton makes a convincing case that the first chapter of Genesis must be understood in terms of its cultural and literary background in the ancient Near East and not, in the first instance, in the light of our contemporary cosmological concerns. So, like many other ANE creation accounts, Genesis 1 depends on a functional ontology; it portrays the ordering of a chaotic world into a functioning Cosmos which serves as a temple for God, rather than a creation "ex nihilo". Walton's tone throughout is eirenic. His deep scholarship serves always to clarify rather than to mystify. Those scholars, who, in my view understandably, have been led to dismiss the historical-critical enterprise as barren of significance may revise their opinion if they read this. However, this accessible and affordable book will also be of interest for pastors, bible group leaders and indeed all who are interested in establishing how the truths of Scripture bear on current debates.


Living in the End Times
Living in the End Times
by James Alison
Edition: Paperback

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Girardian interpretation of Christian Theology, 19 Mar. 2001
The influence of Rene Girard looms large in this brilliant interpretation of Christian Theology for the contemporary world. Alison argues that the God revealed in Jesus is the God of life who has nothing to do with human violence and our death-oriented culture. Even for those who find it difficult to swallow the entire Girardian package, who think that sacrificial language is not always negative and that mimesis can be positive, will profit from James Allison's insights. His thought is deeply engaged with the text of the New Testament and with the realities of the contemporary world. This is a book of hope which urges us to "fix our mind on the things that are above" not so we become "so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good" but that we might be transformed by the conscious awareness that in Jesus the Kingdom of God broke into the world. Christians of many theological traditions will be challenged and stimulated by this eminently readable and important book.


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