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Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives

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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
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David
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.
Marcás
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.
Bryan
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.
Alan
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended!
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