The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins

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Baker Books, Jan 1, 2012 - Religion - 172 pages
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Can Christianity and evolution coexist? Traditional Christian teaching presents Jesus as reversing the effects of the Fall of Adam. However, an evolutionary view of beginnings doesn't allow for a historical Adam, making evolution seemingly incompatible with what Genesis and the apostle Paul say about him. For Christians who accept evolution and want to take the Bible seriously, this presents a faith-shaking tension.

Peter Enns, an expert in biblical interpretation, offers a way forward by explaining how this tension is caused not by the discoveries of science but by false expectations about the biblical texts. Focusing on key biblical passages in the discussion, Enns demonstrates that the author of Genesis and the apostle Paul wrote to ask and answer ancient questions for ancient people; the fact that they both speak of Adam does not determine whether Christians can accept evolution. This thought-provoking book helps readers reconcile the teachings of the Bible with the widely held evolutionary view of beginnings and will appeal to anyone interested in the Christianity-evolution debate.
  

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Review: Evolution of Adam, The: What The Bible Does And Doesn't Say About Human Origins

User Review  - John March - Goodreads

In this book, Enns sets out to provide an understanding of the biblical creation account that can coexist with evolutionary theory. To do this, he begins with the way we understand and interpret the ... Read full review

Review: Evolution of Adam, The: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins

User Review  - Charles Dean - Goodreads

Particularly in my undergrad, I was taught something like this concerning about the state of OT scholarship: "liberals" hate the Bible and so they seek to undermine the text by arguing that everything ... Read full review

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Contents

When Was Genesis Written?
9
Stories of Origins from Israels Neighbors
35
Israel and Primordial Time
61
Understanding Pauls Adam
77
Paul as an Ancient Interpreter of the Old Testament
93
Pauls Adam
119
Adam Today Nine Theses
137
Notes
149
Bibliography
162
Scripture Index
169
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Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) teaches biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He was formerly senior fellow of biblical studies for The BioLogos Foundation, an organization that explores the integration of science and Christian faith, where he wrote a regular column for their Science and the Sacred blog. He has taught at several schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Temple University, and Westminster Theological Seminary. Enns has authored or edited numerous books, including Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament.

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