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:
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.
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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
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
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
Dust and Rib
Title: TH331 Perspectives on Creation: Five Views on Its Meaning and Significance (audio)