Introduction to the Bible. The structure of the Bible. ‘Babylonian Genesis’ compared to Gen 1. Gen 1 compared to Gen 2. Documentary Hypothesis. Theism or naturalism? The core Christian beliefs about creation. Old Testament (39 books accepted by all + 7 accepted by some) Torah (5 books)
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The structure of the Bible.
‘BabylonianGenesis’compared to Gen 1.
Gen 1 compared to Gen 2.
Theism or naturalism?
The core Christian beliefs about creation.
Torah (5 books)
Prophets (21 books)
Writings (13 + 7 or more)
New Testament (27 books)
When there was no heaven, no earth, no height, no depth, no name, when Apsu was alone, the sweet water, the first begetter; and Tiamat the bitter water,.. when there were no gods (cf. Gen 2:4b)-
When sweet and bitter mingled together, no reed was plaited, no rushes muddied the water, the gods were nameless, natureless, futureless, then from Apsu and Tiamat in the waters gods were created…
Marduk turned back to where Tiamat lay bound, he straddled the legs and smashed her skull (for the mace was merciless), he severed the arteries and the blood streamed down the north wind to the unknown ends of the world.
When the gods saw all this they laughed out loud, and they sent him presents. They sent him their thankful tributes.
The lord [Marduk] rested; he gazed at the huge body, pondering how to use it, what to create from the dead carcass. He split it apart like a cockle-shell; with the upper half he constructed the arc of sky, he pulled down the bar and set a watch on the waters, so they should never escape (Cf. Gen.1:6-8).
Page 2: “Of course, a religious stance involves faith, just as a scientific investigation starts by commitment to the interrogation of the physical world from a chosen point of view. But faith is not a question of shutting one’s eyes, gritting one’s teeth, and believing the impossible. It involves a leap, but a leap into the light rather than the dark.”
Terence Nichols, The Sacred Cosmos (Brazos, 2003)
Important: mature theistic understanding of the doctrine of creation must NOT be identified with ‘creation-science’.
Archbishop James Ussher (1581-1656)
Does Evolution prove or disprove that there is a God?
What about the Big Bang?