In recent years, the Genesis narrative has sparked much debate among Christians. This Zondervan Counterpoints volume introduces three predominant interpretive genres and their implications for biblical understanding. Each contributor identifies his position on the genre of Genesis 1–11, addressing why it is appropriate to the text, and contributes examples of its application to a variety of passages. James K. Hoffmeier argues that Genesis 1–11 is theological history, Gordon J. Wenham says it is proto-history, and Kenton L. Sparks describes the chapters as ancient historiography. Old Testament scholar Charles Halton explains the importance of genre and provides historical insight in the introduction and helpful summaries of each position in the conclusion. This book helps readers reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed conclusions in this much-debated topic.