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

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.

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

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

We should not think of Genesis 1-2 as communicated to Adam and Eve, but rather imagine a scenario more like Moses communicating to the Israelites in the wilderness (hypothetically, realizing that the book makes no such claims). This shift in our perspective is extremely important. Expanding on that idea, we can imagine not only a setting (Moses communicating to Israelites), we can imagine an event.
September 16, 2013 
John Walton 
Biblical Interpretation, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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Reflections on Reading Genesis 1-3: John Walton’s World Tour, Part 2

Reflections on Reading Genesis 1-3: John Walton’s World Tour, Part 2

Rather than re-reading the Bible scientifically or ideologically, we need to allow the Bible to be what it is—not a book of instruction about current issues telling us what to do to fix the world. It is God’s revelation of himself, and he is the one who is fixing the world. We are responsible for taking the knowledge of God that the Bible gives us and applying (not re-reading) it to the situations that we face in a fallen world.
September 17, 2013 
John Walton 
Biblical Interpretation, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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Reflections on Reading Genesis 1-3: John Walton’s World Tour, Part 3

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

When we talk about the Amish, there is a whole array of cultural understandings (and perhaps misunderstandings) that we assume with the use of the word. This is an example of the interdependence of language and cultural understandings. One could not just translate “Amish” and expect a foreign audience to therefore understand—culture also needs to be “translated” (explained). Many examples of this same kind of thing in the Bible show us that we have to connect with the text as an ancient, culturally embedded document.
September 18, 2013 
John Walton 
Biblical Interpretation, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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