Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives” as Want to Read:
Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  8 reviews
What are we missing when we look at the creation narratives of Genesis only or primarily through the lens of modern discourse about science and religion? Theologian Peter Bouteneff explores how first-millennium Christian understandings of creation can inform current thought in the church and in the public square. He reaches back into the earliest centuries of our era to re ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Baker Academic
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Beginnings, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Beginnings

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
really liked it Average rating 4.00  · 
Rating details
 ·  52 ratings  ·  8 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book shows us how the earliest Christians read the creation accounts (Genesis 1-3), which makes it nearly a must-read in the never-ending debates about origins that continue in our culture. Bouteneff begins with how the text itself came together and its role in pre-Christian Judaism. Perhaps surprising to most people, Genesis 1-3 plays practically no role in the rest of the Old Testament; it begins to get more attention in the intertestamental period. Chapter two is about Paul's use of the ...more
David Mosley
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very interesting look at how Genesis 1-3 were viewed by its original Jewish audience, the Apostle Paul, and the Church Fathers up to the Cappadocians. If this book has any shortcomings it is that it stops with the Cappadocians and does not interact with the one Church Father who perhaps made the most use of Genesis 1-3, Augustine. Nevertheless, this book would be excellent reference for anyone working on Creation, the Fall, etc.
Ashraf Bashir
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: orthodoxy, abandoned
It is extremely hard to follow the ideas of the author, he has many cross-topics per section and there is no clear topical separation in sections of each chapter. I struggled to understand what is he aiming to deliver to me as a reader! His style of writing needs many improvements, otherwise it will keep having negative impact on the academic material in the book.
Vinnie Santini
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very good! Genesis is being held captive by the modern mind and needs to be set free! This book opens the creation narrative up to how it was read and used from its beginning to the cappadocian fathers.
Jun 06, 2015 is currently reading it
This is a very multifaceted and important work, explaining how Genesis has been viewed in many different ways, at many different times and is a wonderful corrective to a rigorous and literal interpretation of what are properly Theological and Poetic writings...Great as a reference text also.
Kristofer Carlson
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: orthodoxy
This book is a struggle. Not because it is hard to read, but because the content is challenging. I find I can only read a few pages at a time because I have to take time to integrate the material. This is a good for transforming the practice of religion into true faith.
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent overview of early church views on the first few chapters of Genesis.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended!
rated it it was amazing
May 26, 2012
James Bridwell
rated it really liked it
Feb 24, 2011
Zachariah Nicholovos
rated it it was amazing
Dec 24, 2017
rated it really liked it
Dec 19, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Jun 23, 2017
Eric Lee
rated it it was amazing
Jan 06, 2012
Philip Davisson
rated it liked it
Feb 04, 2013
Sujit Thomas
rated it it was amazing
Jun 17, 2016
Aaron Mcnully
rated it really liked it
Jul 31, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Mar 12, 2019
James D Bohling
rated it really liked it
Jun 10, 2014
George Nessim
rated it really liked it
May 10, 2018
rated it really liked it
Aug 21, 2013
Steve Walker
rated it it was amazing
May 06, 2011
James Guirguis
rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2012
Donald Brooks
rated it really liked it
Jan 27, 2015
rated it liked it
Oct 22, 2014
rated it really liked it
May 03, 2010
rated it really liked it
Jul 10, 2011
Атанас Ваташки
rated it really liked it
Apr 21, 2017
Dan Franklin
rated it really liked it
May 18, 2018
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Inner Kingdom
  • The Struggle for Virtue: Asceticism in a Modern Secular Society
  • Living Prayer
  • Life after Death
  • Christ in the Psalms
  • Born to Hate Reborn to Love: A Spiritual Odyssey from Head to Heart
  • Philokalia: The Bible of Orthodox Spirituality
  • Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind
  • Orthodoxy: A Creed for Today
  • Dissident for Life: Alexander Ogorodnikov and the Struggle for Religious Freedom in Russia
  • The Names of Jesus: Discovering the Person of Christ through Scripture
  • In the Image and Likeness of God
  • The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy
  • The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church
  • On the Incarnation
  • Discourse from Holy Scripture on the Christian Mysteries (The Truth of Our Faith, #2)
  • Discourses from Holy Scripture on the Tenets of Christian Orthodoxy (The Truth of Our Faith, #1)
  • Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Finding the Way to Christ in a Complicated Religious Landscape
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Secrets between siblings, grandparents with grievances, parents with problems. If you're looking for serious drama, check out these new...
24 likes · 3 comments
“There is no simple solution how properly to translate the Hebrew ʾadam or the Greek ἄνθρωπος. One of the meanings these terms carry refers simultaneously to humankind and human personhood—as collective and generic—but does so in a way that retains a particular and personal focus.” 0 likes
More quotes…