Shelf Life Book Review: Reading Genesis 1–2

Elliot Ritzema

Reading Genesis 1–2: An Evangelical Conversation


This book is the result of a 2011 symposium held at Bryan College. It features essays from five Old Testament scholars—Richard E. Averbeck, Todd S. Beall, C. John Collins, Tremper Longman III and John Walton—each presenting a different way to read Genesis 1–2. Each essay is followed by responses from other contributors.

The five views represented in the essays are hard to classify in relation to one another, since each author uses his limited space to focus on different aspects of Genesis 1–2. The contributors discuss the nature of the creation days, the genre of Genesis 1–2, the historicity of Adam and Eve, the degree to which ancient Near Eastern backgrounds should inform our reading of the creation account, and whether Genesis 1 and 2 represent two different creation accounts or one.

While this collection of essays does not represent every possible evangelical reading of the first chapters of Genesis, it is a fascinating introduction to the conversation.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 6 No. 1