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Tremper Longman
 on October 16, 2018

Interpreting Genesis 1-11 with Tremper Longman

Dr. Tremper Longman, Old Testament scholar, argues that Genesis 1-11 is “theological history.”

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Dr. Tremper Longman, Old Testament scholar, argues that Genesis 1-11 is “theological history.” The narrative is written about past events but uses highly figurative language. Genesis 1 is not to be understood as saying God created in 6 24-hour days; the author is using an analogy to the 6-day workweek to describe creation. The Flood narrative uses hyperbolic language about a real regional flood event to teach important theological truths about who God is as as a God of judgement and grace, and who we are as sinners.