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 popular book, The Lost World of Genesis One (IVP Academic, 2009). He is also co-author of Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins: Cosmology, Geology, and Biology in Christian Perspective (IVP Academic, 2018).

  • 5 Wheaton College Professors Release New Book on Theories of Origins

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    5 Wheaton College Professors Release New Book on Theories of Origins | John Walton

    Latest in the BioLogos Books series at InterVarsity Press, this book covers the best contemporary scientific theories for the creation of the universe, Earth, life, diversity of life,... Read More >

  • Does the Bible Contain Errors?

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    Does the Bible Contain Errors? | John Walton

    Inerrancy does not, by itself, tell us what the Bible is truly affirming. It only states that whatever the Bible is affirming is fully true.   Read More >

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  • On Being Right or Wrong

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    On Being Right or Wrong | John Walton

    Faithful interpretation may lead to more than one conclusion. And it does not require that all conclusions be classified as either right or wrong. Read More >

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  • Material or Function in Genesis 1? John Walton Responds (Part 1)

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    Material or Function in Genesis 1? John Walton Responds (Part 1) | John Walton

    A "functional" interpretation of Genesis 1 makes the best sense of what we read in the text itself, in the context in which it was written and received.  Read More >

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  • Ham on Nye: Our Take

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    Ham on Nye: Our Take | John Walton

    So who won? How did it go? Our response to the debate is not a blow-by-blow of the arguments made but rather a series of “big picture” reflections by BioLogos scholars. Read More >

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

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

    Joshua 10 is often invoked to show how the credibility of the Bible fails in the world of science, but these arguments fall short, since they read the text as a modern, rather than an... Read More >

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

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

        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 e... Read More >

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

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

        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 te... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 2 of 3
  • Reflections on Reading Genesis 1-3: John Walton’s World Tour, Part 1

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

        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..... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 1 of 3
  • A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 1

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    A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 1 | John Walton

    BioLogos would like to thank Dr. Keathley not only for his work in writing his introductory essay, but for his willingness to organize essays by other Southern Baptist scholars. &nbs... Read More >

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  • Rejoinder to Vern Poythress

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    Rejoinder to Vern Poythress | John Walton

      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 Hyp... Read More >

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  • Reading Genesis 1 Through Ancient (Not Modern) Eyes

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    Reading Genesis 1 Through Ancient (Not Modern) Eyes | John Walton

    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. Read More >

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