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The Lost World of Genesis One by John H. Walton
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Nov 01, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

Certainly the best interpretation of Genesis One i've heard yet. Walton argues that Genesis One is meant to set forth the function of the creation rather than merely a materialistic account of how the world came to be. One of the main differences between the Hebrew creation story and other ancient creation stories, is that most other accounts show the world as being made for the gods and humans created to cater to the gods. The Hebrew creation account reveals a world that is meant to serve the needs of humanity and humanity is meant to be God's 'icon' upon the earth, carrying out creative and caring functions. The Hebrew God does not 'need' humanity, though humanity needs God.

This account maintains that the question of whether the earth was created in a literal six days is simply the wrong question. Only a modernistic and materialistic culture would ask such questions. The ancient world wouldn't have understood the point of asking such questions. What matters is who created the world and why.
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