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

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    Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters | Pete Enns

    By watching ancient interpreters at work, we will see that evangelicals today may have something to learn from them. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 1 of 6
  • Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters, Part 2

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    Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters, Part 2 | Pete Enns

    For some early interpreters, Wisdom was not just the first of God’s works, but actually involved somehow in the act of creation. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 2 of 6
  • Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Let There Be Light

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    Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Let There Be Light | Pete Enns

    What does it mean for God to say, “Let there be light” on the first day of creation when there was no heavenly bodies until day four? Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 3 of 6
  • Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: What about Angels?

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    Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: What about Angels? | Pete Enns

    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. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 4 of 6
  • Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Who is “Us”?

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

    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. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 5 of 6
  • Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Before Creation

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    Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Before Creation | Shelley Emling

    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. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 6 of 6