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Reading Genesis after Darwin$
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Stephen C. Barton and David Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.001.0001

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How Should One Read the Early Chapters of Genesis?

How Should One Read the Early Chapters of Genesis?

(p.5) I How Should One Read the Early Chapters of Genesis?
Reading Genesis after Darwin

Walter Moberly

Oxford University Press

In the light of the enormous weight attached to the early chapters of Genesis in the history of biblical interpretation and in debates between science and religion over matters of origins, it is important to ask some basic questions as to the kind of material with which we are dealing. Through consideration of a number of significant examples, this chapter looks for pointers to the genre of the early chapters of Genesis. There is discussion of some of the numerous internal indicators of genre, whose general significance was noticed long before Darwin. Finally, some suggestions are made as to the difference these indicators should, and should not, make to reading Genesis today.

Keywords:   Genesis, history of interpretation, Origen, Augustine, Cain and Abel, La Peyrère, Noah, Hebrew, Richard Dawkins, creation

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