In the Beginning

In the Beginning Curiosity about our beginning continues to haunt the human race It will not call off the Quest for its origins The opening chapters of Genesis important at any time have been the focal point of contro

  • Title: In the Beginning
  • Author: Henri Blocher
  • ISBN: 9780877843252
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • Curiosity about our beginning continues to haunt the human race It will not call off the Quest for its origins The opening chapters of Genesis important at any time have been the focal point of controversy for than a century Few topics have been so hotly debated by theologians, philosophers and scientists alike Henri Blocher argues that our primary task is Curiosity about our beginning continues to haunt the human race It will not call off the Quest for its origins The opening chapters of Genesis important at any time have been the focal point of controversy for than a century Few topics have been so hotly debated by theologians, philosophers and scientists alike Henri Blocher argues that our primary task is to discover what these key chapters of the Bible originally meant Only then will we be able to unravel the knotty issues surrounding human origins Taking into account a vast array of scholarship, Blocher provides a detailed study of creation week, the image of God, the significance of male and female, the garden covenant, the Fall, the curse and the promise of redemption He also offers significanct theological insights into the creation evolution debate.

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    1. I decided to read this book after reading and enjoying Blocher's work on the problem of evil, Evil and the Cross. This one was even better. Blocher walks through the creation account, the fall, the flood, and the tower of Babel, delivering a thoughtful analysis throughout. I found his approach to science and textual interpretation especially insightful. He effectively argues (from the text itself) that much of the creation account is meant to be understood in a literary, not scientific sense, wh [...]

    2. I was very curious to find out a Frenchman's views on the first chapters of Genesis (especially with the implications from science). Its attitude is somewhat conservative, he rejects the idea that Genesis could be a myth and proclaims the historicity of the first 11 chapters of Genesis which he views as a whole. He is supporting the literal-artistic reading of the first chapters (aka the framework theory) but stays close to the historicity of Adam and Eve. He also rejects the position of Kidner [...]

    3. I was disappointed with this book. Blocher attempted to reconcile evolution with the historicity of Adam and Eve, and I am afraid he was unsuccessful. His arguments are weak and full of mental gymnastics which are simply not convincing. Furthermore, like all of his other books, Blocher's writings are very archaic and unnecessarily dense, and he just doesn't get to the point.To be honest, the story of Adam and Eve teaches spiritual lessons through story exposition rather than through empirical fa [...]

    4. My first exposure to Blocher. Some chapters were better than others, but on the whole, full of enormously helpful theological reflections and exegetical insights. Blocher is thoroughly familiar with the history of critical scholarship, but he is also as conversant with the history of dogmatic reflection on the opening chapters of Genesis (not uncommon to find a reference to Augustine, Julianus Africanus, Tertullian, etc). He is also very sensitive to the scientific questions that now bear down u [...]

    5. A good introduction book that provides the reader with a lot of different interpretations to many questions regarding the first 3 chapters of the Book of Genesis, including the meaning of the 7 days, the litterary genre of Genesis, the meaning of the two trees, etc.While I don't agree with every aspect of the author's understanding of Genesis (such as the fact that he considers the days aren't real), I think that he manages to show his position as well as that of others very well, therefore enab [...]

    6. In my class of Genesis of interpretation,my teacher designated this book to read,which answered many of my quetions about book of Genesis from chapter one to three,like some topics about "creation of God","God's image","original sin"etc.It's is also a conprehensive book,collecting many scholar's idea about interpreting Genesis,like E.J Young,Westermann,John Calvin,Kierkegarrd,Karl Barth,and discussed the issues about the relationship between Theology and Science in today's world,Though many prob [...]

    7. This is a hidden gem of a book.A superb study of the initial chapters of the book of Genesis, drawing heavily on Rabbinical wisdom and interpretation but also more recent scholarship.It clearly shows the depth and subtlety wisdom within the text,concepts and truths that underpin much of life and thinking; our understanding of ourselves and God, oursense of identity, our relationships, sexuality, cosmology

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