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Walton, John

John Walton

John Walton is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois and an editor and writer of Old Testament comparative studies and commentaries. Throughout his research, Walton has focused his attention on comparing the culture and literature of the Bible and the ancient Near East. He has published dozens of books, articles and translations, both as writer and editor, including his latest book The Lost World of Genesis One.

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Interpreting Adam: Introduction

1 Part Series: Interpreting Adam

A few months ago Zondervan published the anthology Four Views on the Historical Adam. This valuable new resource addresses one of the most common questions Christians have about evolution: how does the Adam of the Bible fit with the scientific and historical evidence about early humans?
April 07, 2014 
John Walton, Deborah Haarsma 
Biblical Interpretation, Christ & New Creation, Human Origins 
 
Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye

1 Part Series: Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye

January 15, 2014 
John Walton, Deborah Haarsma 
Christian Unity, Science & Worldviews 
 
Reflections on Reading Genesis 1-3: John Walton’s World Tour, Part 1

3 Part Series: Reflections on Reading Genesis 1-3: John Walton’s World Tour

Old Testament scholar and BioLogos ECF grantee John H. Walton spent the first seven months of 2013 traveling around the United States and fifteen other countries lecturing on Genesis 1 - 3. In this series, we feature John’s reflections on his world tour and the insights he gained from his conversations.
September 16, 2013 
John Walton 
Biblical Interpretation, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
 
Genesis Through Ancient Eyes, Part 1

4 Part Series: Genesis Through Ancient Eyes

In this talk, originally delivered at the BioLogos President's Circle meeting in October 2012, Dr. John Walton discusses the origin stories of Genesis 1-3, and why their focus on function and archetypes mean there is no Biblical narrative of material origins.
October 15, 2012 
John Walton 
Creation & Origins 
 
On Being Right or Wrong

On Being Right or Wrong

“We should be slow to accuse another of discarding the authority of Scripture, and therefore denouncing them, just because they interpret Scripture differently than we do.”
September 29, 2014 
John Walton 
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Christian Unity 
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Biblical Credibility and Joshua 10: What Does the Text Really Claim?

Biblical Credibility and Joshua 10: What Does the Text Really Claim?

Once we recognize that no one takes the text literally, and that we have often failed to account for the details in the text regarding the time of day, we can begin anew to try to understand the text as an ancient text rather than as a modern one. As such, we must begin with the idea that the text operates in the world of omens, not the world of physics and astronomy.
October 15, 2013 
John Walton 
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation 
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Defending the Authority of Scripture

Defending the Authority of Scripture

In this video “Conversation” John Walton discusses that the account in Genesis 1 is not intended to be an account of material origins.
November 10, 2010 
John Walton 
Creation & Origins 
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Science, Scripture, and the Creation Narrative

Science, Scripture, and the Creation Narrative

In these two brief video Conversations, John Walton discusses the problem of trying to integrate ancient scripture with our modern worldview.
May 26, 2010 
John Walton 
Creation & Origins 
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On Myth and Meaning

On Myth and Meaning

In this video, John Walton talks about ancient myth and how we might better understand it if we think about its intended functionality—that is, myths were a way to explain a culture’s origin and universal significance though they lacked the advances of scientific discovery.
May 19, 2010 
John Walton 
Biblical Interpretation 
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Rejoinder to Vern Poythress

Rejoinder to Vern Poythress

I find it strange that the strongest resistance to the view that I present in The Lost World of Genesis One has come from the more conservative proponents of the Framework Hypothesis, which basically arrives at the same bottom line that I do: old earth and room for evolution in theologically qualified terms.
February 11, 2010 
John Walton 
Biblical Interpretation 
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John Walton Responds to Vern Poythress’s Review of “The Lost World of Genesis One”

John Walton Responds to Vern Poythress’s Review of “The Lost World of Genesis One”

Though numerous theologians have found my arguments sound, Poythress does not share that opinion and expressed his questions and reservations in his review of my book in World Magazine, August 29, 2009. I feel it is important to set the record straight for the interested reader.
February 04, 2010 
John Walton 
Creation & Origins 
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Understanding Genesis

Understanding Genesis

John Walton offers some important reminders in this video with regard to how we should approach a reading of the book of Genesis. While it is a text that is written for us—in the sense that it was written for all people in all times and places—it was not written to us.
February 03, 2010 
John Walton 
Creation & Origins 
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Reconciling Science With Scripture

Reconciling Science With Scripture

In the ancient world people were inclined to be much more interested in issues like order, functions, roles and general operations than in the material stuff of the physical world. Because of this, even their thinking about creation is more focused on the functional rather than the material.
September 18, 2009 
John Walton 
Creation & Origins 
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