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The Creation Story of Genesis 1 as a “Temple Image”?

Out of Ur recently posted this video of Peter Enns asking readers’ questions to N.T. Wright. It is not secret that I find Wright a very thought provoking writer and thinker, so I was intrigued to hear what he had to say.

I’m not completely convinced that Wright gets everything right (sorry, unavoidable pun) but I did find his shifting of the focus from literal vs. metaphorical to concrete vs. abstract to be worthwhile, and I do agree with him that we need to do our reading of the Scriptures on a case by case basis. Particularly, it is more important that we delve into the original intention (I call it the original matrix) rather than oversimplify with blanket interpretational schemes.

What did you think?


4 thoughts on “The Creation Story of Genesis 1 as a “Temple Image”?”

  1. This has been an area of discussion in a variety of blog circles lately. Personally, I find understanding Genesis 1 against the backdrop of the ANE culture to add considerable theological depth. There is a fairly recent, and widely publicized scholarly work on understanding Gen 1 as the temple image entitled “The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate” by John Walton. It is a fascinating treatise and, while I don’t agree on all of his conclusions, it has some deep scholarship and some profound theological insights.

    1. You’d have to hunt around for it.

      Basically, Wright’s point is that the problem is that things meant to be taken both literally and allegorically can be written to demonstrate either a concrete truth or an abstract truth, and that every text has to be taken by itself. He argues that at its core the literal vs. allegorical argument is a false dichotomy created by the insufficiency of our language.

      On second thought, maybe you should hit a Starbucks and stream it.

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