Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who They Were and Why You Should Care

ISBN-10: 1433524252

ISBN-13: 9781433524257

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Authors: C. John Collins

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Examines the biblical-theological evidence for a real Adam and Eve and asserts their importance for modern life."We need a real Adam and Eve if we are to make sense of the Bible and of life," argues C. John Collins. Examining the biblical storyline as the worldview story of the people of God, Collins shows how that story presupposes a real Adam and Eve and how the modern experience of human life points to the same conclusion. Applying well-informed critical thinking to questions raised by theologians and scientists alike, Collins asserts that only a real man could participate in Godrs"s plan to use his human partners to bring blessing to the whole creation, a blessing that requires "redemption" for all people since sin entered the world. Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? addresses both biblical and Jewish texts and contains extensive appendices to examine how the material in Genesis relates to similar material from Mesopotamian myths. Collinsrs"s detailed analysis of the relevant texts will instill confidence in readers that the traditional Christian story equips them better than any alternatives to engage the life that they actually encounter in the modern world.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 5/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

C. John Collins (PhD, University of Liverpool) is Professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary. Chair of the Old Testament translation committee for the English Standard Version, he is the author of Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary ; The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of God ' s Action in the World ; Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? and Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who They Were and Why You Should Care.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Shape of the Biblical Story
Story and Worldview
History, Myth, and Worldview Story
Features of the Biblical Story
Particular Texts That Speak of Adam and Eve
Genesis 1-5
Adam, Eve, Eden, and the Fall in the Rest of the Old Testament
Second Temple Jewish Literature
The Gospels
The Pauline Writings
Elsewhere in the New Testament
Human Uniqueness and Dignity
The Image of God
Universal Human Experiences: Yearning for Justice, Need for God
Can Science Help Us Pinpoint �Adam And Eve�?
Does the Bible Connect to History and Science? The Problem of �Concordism�
Making Sure We Read the Bible Well
Criteria for Good Scenarios
A Sampling of Scenarios Examined
Conclusions
What I Think I Have Shown
Why I Think It Matters
A Concluding (and Unacademic) Anecdote: How to Grieve
Appendices
Ancient Near Eastern Texts and Genesis I-II
Review of James Barr, The Garden of Eden and the Hope of Immortality
The Date of Genesis
Bibliography
General Index
Scripture and Apocrypha Index
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