Lent 1 -- Further Thoughts on Biblical Inspiration & Genesis 1-11 / by David Flowers

Hello CMF,

I have put together an addendum to the sermon, offering further thoughts on Genesis 1-11.  But first, I talk about some of the meaning of biblical inspiration and authority.

Contrary to the way we normally think about the Bible, it's not just one book. The Bible is made up of many books. To be specific, the Bible is a library of 66 books, written by over 40 authors, spanning hundreds of years, and utilizing different literary genres to communicate theological truths.

On top of that, we have the hard work, but wonderful privilege, of interpreting it today. I have found this task very rewarding over the years. It has strengthened my faith in Christ.

Here are some suggested books for learning more about reading and studying the Bible:

If you're looking for more focused reading on Genesis 1-11, check out the following:

As you can see, John Walton, prof of OT at Wheaton College, is sort of the premier voice on the first few chapters of Genesis at the moment. Listen to Walton talk briefly about ancient cosmology and the flood here. And for his thoughts on the tower of Babel, listen to him here.

Finally, you may be interested in this article on the flood from BioLogos, and a video from scholar N.T. Wright talking about history and myth at work in Genesis.

Let me hear from you if you have any questions or thoughts.

Blessings,
David

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