Origins - Modern Implications of Genesis 1-11
Origins turns much of what Christians learned in Sunday School on its head in a revealing comparison of the Genesis narrative to the competing pagan narrative of the day. Relatively few Bible readers are familiar with the world of the ancient Near East, centered in Mesopotamia and its most prominent city, Babylon. The culture, literature, religions, geography, etc. of the early biblical period dramatically influenced what was written and why. Without an understanding of these elements, the purposes, meanings, and structure of the text are easily misread by modern readers, reducing the Genesis narrative to a collection of Sunday School stories.
Origins, while acknowledging the agendas of modern readers, remains on track in expounding on the ancient agenda. Paul Copan and Douglas Jacoby address the doubts of those who find stumbling blocks in early Genesis, facing the tough questions head on and providing biblical solutions to many of the "problem passages." Origins surprises and amazes all seekers, new believers, and veterans of Scripture alike as it devastates the polytheistic, pagan assumptions and proclaims the true God.
About the authors: Paul Copan (PhD Philosophy, Marquette) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. For six years he served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He has authored and edited over thirty Books, including The Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science, Is God a Moral Monster: Making Sense of the God of the Old Testament, and When God Goes to Starbucks. Paul has contributed essays to over thirty Books, both scholarly and popular, and authored a number of articles in professional journals. In 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. His website is www.paulcopan.com.
Douglas Jacoby is an international Bible teacher with degrees are from Drew, Harvard, and Duke. After serving as a minister for 20 years in Britain, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S., Douglas works as a freelance teacher and consultant, as well as an adjunct professor of theology at Lincoln Christian University. He has engaged in a number of debates with well-known atheists, imams, and rabbis. Since the late '90s, Douglas has led annual tours to the biblical world. Douglas has written over 30 books, recorded many podcasts, and has spoken in scores of universities and nations around the world.
The view presented in this book is very thought provoking. It has helped me think clearly about Genesis 1-11 and given me a fresh perspective on some challenging questions. It has been useful for campus evangelism, enabling me to address common "science vs Christianity" objections.
Especially like the recap section at the end of each chapters where there is the Biblcal Truths, Points of Contact with Pagan Culture, NT Connections and Application. It gives us a better understanding of Genesis with it's cultural background and makes it practical in our present time.
History and culture are equally as important as understanding the content of the bible. Origins gives the reader a glimpse into the past, a snapshot. There are many good references to launch further studies.
This book was both very interesting and very educational. It read clearly and was easy to follow, but I learned a lot and learned new ways to consider many questions I'd thought about in the past. A great read!