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Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters

Genesis, Creation and Ancient Interpreters: The Beginning

In this series, Pete Enns explores how ancient interpreters—ones who “regularly picked up on real interpretive challenges in the biblical text that tend to pass moderns by”—thought about and solved various issues regarding the Genesis 1 account. He brings forth points that they discussed such as the creation of angels in the beginning and the plural pronoun “we” used by God when making humans in his image. Enns reminds us that the Genesis 1 text may not be so straightforward and complete as people would like to assume.
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters

By watching ancient interpreters at work, we will see that evangelicals today may have something to learn from them.
September 28, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
28
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters, Part 2

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters, Part 2

For some early interpreters, Wisdom was not just the first of God’s works, but actually involved somehow in the act of creation.
October 05, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
49
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Let There Be Light

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Let There Be Light

Genesis 1:3 raised some questions among ancient interpreters. What does it mean for God to say, “Let there be light” on the first day of creation? There was no light from the heavenly bodies until day four...
October 12, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
49
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: What about Angels?

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: What about Angels?

Angels play a visible role in the Old Testament, but ancient interpreters wondered why nothing is said in Genesis about when they were first created.
October 20, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
17
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Who is “Us”?

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Who is “Us”?

On the sixth day when God created humanity, Genesis 1:26 says something that has attracted the attention of biblical interpreters from early on until today: “Let us make humankind in our own image, according to our likeness....” Why the plural?
October 26, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
62
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Before Creation

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Before Creation

These kinds of questions were not threatening to ancient interpreters. Quite the opposite: instead they thought of them as invitations by God to engage the text more carefully.
November 02, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
15