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Mobile Ed: TH331 Perspectives on Creation: Five Views on Its Meaning and Significance (5 hour course)

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The belief that God created the world is foundational for Christians. However, the exact nature of God’s work in creation is debated. In this course, five leading Old Testament scholars present the distinct features and biblical bases of their particular views:

  • Joseph A. Pipa Jr.—Six-Day Creation
  • Mark D. Futato—Literary Framework
  • C. John Collins—Analogical Days View
  • Tremper Longman III—Evolutionary Creationism
  • John H. Walton—Identity Accounts

As they unpack the meaning and significance of the creation account, they discuss topics like hermeneutics, the genre of Genesis 1, the nature of the days in the creation week, ancient Near Eastern backgrounds and ancient cosmology, the relationship between the Bible and science, and the theological implications these various views have for the believer. This course will provide you with a better understanding of the different positions Christians hold regarding creation and will equip you to be able to explain the different issues involved in Genesis 1–2.The activities resource for this course includes additional videos by John Mark N. Reynolds and James B. Jordan, helping you reflect further on the significance of creation


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Summarize the following views of creation: six-day creation, literary framework, analogical days, evolutionary creationism, identity accounts, and creation by faith
  • Discuss the major points of disagreement concerning Genesis 1–2
  • Exposit relevant passages for each of the different perspectives
  • Describe the literary features and structure of Genesis 1–2
  • Explain the hermeneutical importance of interpreting Genesis 1–2 according to its authorial intent and in its original ancient Near Eastern context
  • Articulate the ancient Israelite cosmology and compare and contrast it with the modern view of the world
  • Discuss the relationship between science and Scripture
  • Explain the theological implications of the various approaches to Genesis 1–2

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speakers and the Course

Unit 1: Six-Day Creation by Joseph A. Pipa Jr.

  • Introducing Joseph A. Pipa Jr.
  • Summary of Six-Day Creation
  • Assessing the Importance
  • Overview of Genesis 1
  • The Work of Creation and the Declaration of Fulfillment
  • The Statement of Purpose and the Expression of Delight
  • The Record of Time
  • Summary and Conclusion to Six-Day Creation

Unit 2: Literary Framework by Mark D. Futato

  • Introducing Mark D. Futato
  • What Do We Expect Genesis 1–2 to Teach Us?
  • Eight Creative Acts in Six Days
  • Dischronologization
  • A Neglected Text
  • Two Pictures of the World
  • The Firmament (Genesis 1:6–7)
  • The Foundations of the Earth
  • Two Big Lights (Genesis 1:16)
  • Phenomenological, Anthropomorphic, and Old World Imagery
  • Conclusion to Literary Framework

Unit 3: Analogical Days by C. John Collins

  • Introducing C. John Collins
  • Summary of Analogical Days View
  • Authorial Intent
  • Reading in Context
  • Genesis 1 and Genesis 2
  • How Did the Author Structure Genesis 1?
  • So What about Those Days?
  • Summary of the Doctrine of Creation in Genesis 1:1–2:3
  • Other Views and Objections to the Analogous Days View

Unit 4: Evolutionary Creationism by Tremper Longman III

  • Introducing Tremper Longman III
  • Summary of Evolutionary Creationism
  • Inerrancy, Genre, and Ancient Cognitive Environment
  • The Structure and Genre of Genesis
  • A Figurative Description of the Past
  • Summary of Theological Truths in Genesis 1–2
  • The Bible and Evolutionary Theory

Unit 5: Identity Accounts by John H. Walton

  • Introducing John H. Walton
  • Summary of Identity Accounts
  • Biblical Authority and Cultural Rivers
  • The Old Testament and the Ancient Near East
  • What Sort of Account?
  • Temple and Rest
  • Seven Days
  • Archetypes
  • Dust and Rib
  • Other Views

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This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.



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