Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives

Recently renewed debates concerning creation and evolution make contemporary Christians wonder how their forebears in the faith understood the Genesis creation narratives. Were the stories of the six days and of the garden read historically, or did they have some other function?

"I hope this remarkable study will be widely read and appreciated. From the start, the reader is obliged to grapple with questions about how a text is to be read when it can be demonstrated that layers of subsequent interpretation have had as much, if not more, influence than the text itself. And what more crucial text is there than Genesis 1-3, which has shaped Christian understanding of both creation and fall in ways that are now controversial, both within the churches and in the public domain? ...I can guarantee that hardly anyone, whatever their starting point, will come away from this book without having found some new insight."

--Frances M. Young, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology, retired, University of Birmingham

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