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Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?

Who they were and why it matters

by C. John Collins

    • Author

      C. John Collins

    • Book Format

      Paperback

    • Publisher

      Intervarsity Press (IVP)

    • Published

      March 2011

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    Applying well-informed critical thinking to questions raised by theologians and scientists alike, Collins examines the relevant biblical and Second Temple Jewish texts, to discover whether they really do support the traditional position. He also considers the biblical view of human uniqueness and dignity, and relates these to everyday moral and religious experience, asking whether these too are evidence. He concludes with a description of some sample scenarios for a scientific understanding of human origins. Extensive appendices examine how the material in Genesis relates to similar material from Mesopotamian myths.

    Collins' goal is to enable readers to think through the issues for themselves. His analysis will strengthen confidence that the traditional Christian story equips us better than any alternatives to engage with life as it is actually encountered in the modern world.

    'It is not often that a book in this controversial field of human origins takes seriously both the Bible (in terms of textual exegesis, literary form, and heological coherence) and science (in terms of its findings and its theoretical possibilities). Jack Collins does both with graciously applied scholarship, conviction, and humility, making very clear where biblical faithfulness requires us to be uncompromisingly affirmative, and where there is room for varying opinion over possible scenarios that could be consistent with such biblical conviction.'
    Christopher J. H. Wright, International Director, Langham Partnership International; author, The Mission of God


    'Few scholars are better equipped than Professor C. John Collins to provide a well-informed, up-to-date assessment of what may and may not be known about Adam and Eve. With clarity, Collins offers a balanced discussion of the relationship between Genesis 2-3 and current theories on the origins of the human race. Recognizing the limitations of human knowledge, he highlights the vital contribution made by the Genesis account for understanding the human predicament. Marked by both erudition and sanity, here is a book worth reading.'
    T. Desmond Alexander, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Director of Postgraduate Studies, Union Theological College, Belfast


    'Dr. Collins has presented a careful defense of the existence of the historical Adam and Eve. This methodologically rigorous study reflects a critical awareness of contemporary discussions on both biblical and extra-biblical literature and further contributes to the wider discussion on science and religion. Perhaps more importantly, he has successfully demonstrated the theological significance of this traditional reading, all the while using language that an informed layperson can digest and engage. This work deserves to be widely circulated.'
    David W. Pao, Chair of the New Testament Department, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


    'I could hardly imagine a more honest book on this controversial topic. Its openness (in a user-friendly format) is no naivety - it is combined with undeniable competence on the ancient Near East, recent literature, and methodological discussions. Standing firm on vital issues, accepting diversity on others, the reader meets in C. John Collins a sensitive and godly guide.'
    Henri A. Blocher, formerly Gunther Knoedler Professor of Systematic Theology, Wheaton College Graduate School

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    • Author

      C. John Collins

    • Book Format

      Paperback

    • Publisher

      Intervarsity Press (IVP)

    • Published

      March 2011

    • Weight

      272g

    • Page Count

      192

    • Dimensions

      139 x 214 x 15 mm

    • ISBN

      9781844745258

    • ISBN-10

      1844745252

    • Eden Code

      3966397

    More Information

    • Author/Creator: C. John Collins

    • ISBN: 9781844745258

    • Publisher: Intervarsity Press (IVP)

    • Release Date: March 2011

    • Weight: 272g

    • Dimensions: 139 x 214 x 15 mm

    • Eden Code: 3966397


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