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.
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✍️ Links and show notes
- 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
- Genesis: Myth or History?
- Is Genesis poetry / figurative, a theological argument (polemic) and thus not history?
- Does God have body parts?
- Do I have to believe in a literal creation to be a Christian?
- Why do you take the Bible literally?
- How could the days of Genesis 1 be literal if the sun wasn’t created until the fourth day?
- Serpentine subtlety
- Josephus says, ‘Genesis means what it says!’
- Interpreting Genesis
- Did God do what He said He did?
- The good news
- Taking the Bible seriously?
- Genesis is history!
- Creation—how did God do it?
- Morning has broken … but when?
- Don’t answer—do answer!
- Biblical text transmitted accurately over millennia
- Just what we need
- Genesis as ancient historical narrative
- Aesop’s fables, anyone?
- Starting from Genesis or geology?
- Genesis as history: a discredited interpretation?