Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Paperback

Who they were and why it matters

by C. John Collins;

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Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?

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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.

Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? by C. John Collins was published by IVP in March 2011 and is our 17168th best seller. The ISBN for Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? is 9781844745258.

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'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


Details for Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?

Page last updated 26th November 2014
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (March 2011)
Number of Pages192
Thickness15 mm
Height214 mm
Width139 mm
Product Code3966397
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