Beginnings Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives

ISBN-10: 0801032334

ISBN-13: 9780801032332

Edition: 2008

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Description: 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 recover the meanings that early Jewish and Christian writers found in the stories of the six days of creation and of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Readers will find that their forbears in the faith saw in the Genesis narrative not simply an account of origins but also a rich teaching about the righteousness of God, the saving mission of Christ, and the destiny of the human creature.

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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

And There Was Evening: A Preface
The Authors under Review
The Questions We Pose
A Word about Language
Acknowledgments
And There Was Morning: An Introduction
The Text and Its Journey
Silence and Irruption: First References to Genesis 1-3
Summary
Philo: A Coda
At the Birth of Christian Reflection: Paul and the New Testament
Paul in Context
Paul and Scripture
Paul and the Paradise Narrative: Sin and Death
Paul and the Paradise Narrative: Gender and Marriage
Paul and the Evangelists
Postscript: The Pastoral Epistles
Conclusions
Recapitulation: The Second-Century Apologists
The Scriptures of the People
Justin Martyr
Melito of Sardis
Theophilus of Antioch
Irenaeus of Lyons
Conclusions
Senses of Scripture: The World of Origen and the Origin of the World
Tertullian
Origen
Conclusions
Paradise, Whatever That May Mean: The Cappadocians and Their Origen
Cyril of Jerusalem
Athanasius of Alexandria
Enshrining Origen: The Philocalia
Basil of Caesarea
Gregory of Nazianzus
Gregory of Nyssa
Conclusions
These Are the Generations: Concluding Observations
Scripture and Exegesis
The Hexaemeron
Paradise
Allegory, Type, Myth, and History
The One Thing Needful
Genesis 1-3 and Genesis 5:1-5
List of Abbreviations
Bibliography
Modern Author Index
Scripture and Ancient Sources Index
Subject Index
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