Should Genesis be Taken Literally?
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Should Genesis be Taken Literally?

If we apply the normal principles of biblical exegesis (ignoring pressure to make the text conform to the evolutionary prejudices of our age), it is overwhelmingly obvious that Genesis was meant to be taken in a straightforward, obvious sense as an authentic, literal, historical record of what actually happened.

Written by Russell Grigg
Originally published December, 1993

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Original article: Should Genesis be Taken Literally?

Vintage Journal: Literary theory and Genesis 1: Part 2

Vintage Journal: Literary theory and Genesis 1: Part 1

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