Recently I joined a tour of the British Museum in which we viewed exhibits connected to events in the Bible. Since the British Museum can be overwhelming, I welcomed some guidance.1 As we moved through various items, from Jehu to Paul, I found myself drawn to one particular piece.
Vern Poythress is a highly-respected evangelical theologian and philosopher who has taught at Westminster Theological Seminary for the past 42 years, where he is professor of New Testament and Biblical Interpretation. We recently were invited by our friends at Crossway to review his latest book, Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1-3, and to engage him with some questions.
Reading Interpreting Eden was a delightful theo-philosophical exercise, because Poythress, in his typical manner, engages highly complex scientific, hermeneutical, and ideological issues in the highly contentious waters of Genesis 1–3 with eminently delightful prose and a grace worthy of admiration. We highly recommend this book to anyone wishing for a comprehensive exegetical, theological, and philosophical study of the opening chapters of the Bible, which also serves as a model of gracious scholarly engagement with alternate views on fundamental issues in biblical interpretation.[Read more…]
Essay by Genevieve Scheele*
The history of biblical exegesis and hermeneutics is not without controversy, and the apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans is no exception. It has more allusions and quotes from the Hebrew Bible than any other New Testament work, but is not always treated in its Israelite context. References to Genesis play a particularly important role in the core section of Romans 5–8, featuring hamartiology and justification. This essay will explore that relationship, also in conversation with the Church Fathers. [Read more…]