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The Genesis of Everything, Part 1

The Genesis of Everything

Theologian, historian and Christian apologist Dr. John P. Dickson addresses the history and interpretation of Genesis 1. Making no claims about human biological origins, Dickson urges us to treat the early chapters of Genesis as a literary and historical statement, and listen carefully to it on those terms.

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The Genesis of Everything, Part 1

The Genesis of Everything, Part 1

Sometimes in literature what is meant and what is said do not have a one to one correspondence. In metaphor, for example, what is meant is greater than what is said (‘The Lord is my shepherd’, Ps. 23:1). In hyperbole what is meant is less than what is said (‘If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away’, Mt. 5:30).
June 09, 2012 
John P. Dickson 
Biblical Interpretation 
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The Genesis of Everything, Part 2: The Genre of Genesis 1

The Genesis of Everything, Part 2: The Genre of Genesis 1

Within the Bible alone we can discern not only poetry and prose but also legal formula, historical report, parable, aphorism, prophecy, hyperbole, creed, hymn, epistle, prophetic lament, homily and apocalyptic. All of these must be read differently and were so by ancient audiences.
June 16, 2012 
John P. Dickson 
Biblical Interpretation 
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The Genesis of Everything, Part 3: The Purpose of Genesis 1

The Genesis of Everything, Part 3: The Purpose of Genesis 1

The opening section of the Bible appears to have been written to provide a picture of physical and social reality that debunks the views held by pagan cultures of the time. In short, Genesis 1 is a piece of subversive theology.
June 23, 2012 
John P. Dickson 
Biblical Interpretation 
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The Genesis of Everything, Part 4: The Place of Men and Women in Genesis 1

The Genesis of Everything, Part 4: The Place of Men and Women in Genesis 1

In Enuma elish the first man was fashioned out of the blood of the vanquished god, Kinju. The man was a product of the loser’s left-overs. In Genesis 1, however, we are told that men and women were created in the very image of God.
June 30, 2012 
John P. Dickson 
Biblical Interpretation 
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