How has your reading in Genesis been?

1) Have you been able to read any believing (and scholarly) commentary by authors who do not treat Genesis with higher criticism? 

2) Are you able to see how the KJV Bible equates Yahweh as the Most High?

3) Do you believe in a literal, six-day creation account?

4) Do you see the seeds of the redemptive gospel laid out in Genesis?

5) And tell me what you think about this opening quote on Genesis by my friend, Bob Gonzales:

In the beginning, the God of gods (elohim [I am transliterating the Hebrew words in parenthesis]), creates “all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good” (Gen. 1:1-13).  But this “beginning” is only the beginning of King Elohim’s empire-building program because into the midst of his pristine creation, the heavenly Suzerain, also known as Yahweh (YHWH), places his image (tselem), that is, his visible resemblance and representative.  As Yahweh-Elohim’s image, man (adam) stands in covenant relationship to his Sovereign and is commissioned to subdue the earth as a loyal vassal and vice-regent to his Creator (Gen 1:26-28; 2:15-17).  That is, from the terminus a quo of Eden’s Holy Mountain garden sanctuary over the entire earth, following his Creator’s work-rest cycle (2:1-3), until the whole earth is filled with Yahweh-Elohim’s glory (Isa 43:7; Rom 11:36; I Cor 15:24-28; Rev 4:11).  Had mankind fulfilled his imperial commission in a way that accurately reflected his holy Suzerain’s character and that visibly manifested absolute submission to and dependence on the divine will (2:15-17), he would have inherited fullness of life as a royal grant and joined his Creator-King in an eternal Sabbath-rest (Heb 4:1-11).  What should have been, however, was disrupted when human sin and the divine curse entered the world (19-20, I inserted English letters for Bob’s Hebrew words lifted from the Bible text).

Where Sin Abounds: The Spread of Sin and the Curse in Genesis with Special Focus on the Patriarchal Narratives (Eugene: WIPF & STOCK, 2009) by Robert R. Gonzales Jr.

4 comments

  1. 1: Yes, but very rarely and not recently. I have read a great commentary by a man on how Moses only transposed the Book of Genesis from an earlier record that had been kept by the patriarchs from Adam down to Joseph.

    2: I am not sure I understand the meaning of this question. However, as I understand it I would say yes, I do.

    3: In a manner of Speaking. I believe it was six days to God. However, I also believe that one day to him is a thousand years to us. Thus, when it was originally created the Earth had this same time as God. So, in our reconning it would have been 6,000 years.

    4: Yes, but I must say that the rest of the Bible does help to make it all a little clearer.

    5: It is a very good summation of the general belief concerning the creation and the Fall. However, I do not agree with it.
    If the purpose was for man to not sin than the fact that they did means God’s designs can be frustrated. This would mean that Satan had won a victory over God, not us. However, if the Fall was part of the plan from the beginning than God has won a victory over Satan, for Satan help progress God’s plan when he tried to destroy it.

  2. Perhaps Genesis, and the rest of the Old Testament, contains things to challenge both LDS and evangelical interpretations and assumptions. Here I highly recommend as a resource for the 2010 study John Walton’s Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible (Baker Academic, 2006). This book is helpful in that it paints a picture of the ancient near eastern context of the Old Testament and then compares the similarities and differences of Israel’s worldview. This helpful study serves as a corrective to assumptions that may color our (mis)interpretations formed by modernity in the West. Among other topics Walton discusses the concepts of the world, the heavens, temples, and even magic and omens. A helpful volume for our personal study and our interreligious dialogue.

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