State of the Origins Debate – Part III: Recent Genesis Books

One way of looking at the origins debate is by looking at the publishing scene.   I have observed elsewhere that the last 20 years have seen more books published on the topic than the prior 100 years combined.    The creation science movement has pumped out an astounding number of books and seminary professors […]

Historical Creation View: The Garden of Eden and the Relationship of Genesis 1 and 2

What is the relationship of Genesis 1 and 2?  Where was the Garden of Eden and what does Genesis 1 tell us about Eden? Continuing our series on the Historical Creation view of John Sailhamer proposed in Genesis Unbound (1997 and 2011) we ask about the nature of the Garden of Eden.  The relationship of […]

Historical Creation View of Sailhamer – Part 5

PART 5:   GENESIS 1 WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE PENTATEUCH AND COVENANTS Summary:  Genesis 1 is all about the covenant with God’s people and the land he promised them. In the future I will be presenting the views of a number of natural historians/theologians and pastors from the late 17th and early 18th century […]

Historical Creation View – Part 4: The Meaning of Formless and Void

I can’t go into all the issues that Sailhamer interacts with but I will try to hit some of the ones that are most important in distinguishing his ideas from some others.  Most of these will be explored in separate posts over the next few weeks. 1)      What is the meaning of the phrase “tohu […]

Historical Creationism Part III: An Overview

Genesis Unbound (2nd ed) by Sailhamer (2011)

John Sailhamer calls his interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2 Historical Creationism. He distinguishes it from the Scientific Creationism which he sees as starting with the assumption that “modern science holds the answer to the meaning of the biblical text.”    A:  Overview A brief summary of the Historical Creationism thesis of John Sailhmer is […]

Historical Creation View of Sailhamer – Part 2: The Issues

The questions we are faced when we seek to interpret Genesis 1 and 2. Before diving into Sailhamer’s book, Genesis Unbound we need to lay out a list of some questions concerning the meaning of Genesis 1 and 2 that any consistent interpretation of this text must be address.  This is far from a comprehensive […]

Genesis Unbound: The Historical Creation View of John Sailhamer, Part 1

Genesis Unbound Sailhamer

HISTORICAL CREATIONISM:  A summary of the interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2 by John Sailhamer as presented in “Genesis Unbound: A Provocative New Look at the Creation Account” (1997). What follows is a fairly lengthy introduction and overview of John Sailhamer’s book “Genesis Unbound” (1997).  The first edition had a small printing and was out […]