The Lost World of Adam and Eve
Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate
by John H. Walton
"In this groundbreaking work the author places Adam and Eve firmly where they belong—in the cultural and textual world of the ancient Near East. Scholarly and readable, the text seen through Near Eastern eyes provides fascinating new insights." —Denis Alexander, emeritus director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge
Who were the historical Adam and Eve? Following his groundbreaking Lost World of Genesis One, John Walton explores the ancient Near Eastern context of Genesis 2–3 in The Lost World of Adam and Eve.
"I think what surprised me most in researching this book was how varied and controversial the issue was even far back in church history. The interpretation is far from monolithic."
"John Walton is a voice of reason and he has shown time and time again that we must learn to read the Bible as God gave it, not the way we'd like it to be." —Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
"We can be attentive to the ancient world or to modern science without compromising our convictions about the Bible." ~John H. Walton
"Ever since the scientific revolutions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Christians have been in danger of focusing on the existence of Adam rather than the vocation of Adam." ~N. T. Wright
While Walton is writing mainly to persuade others with a high view of Scripture to stop waging war on science in a way that harms Christianity more than science, his discussion of the Bible and other ancient texts will be of interest even to those who do not share his tradition and thus also his pastoral concerns.
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The purpose of Genesis 2 is not about the creation of the world, it is about humans in God’s sacred space.
By allowing us to gain a better understanding of Adam and Eve's "lost world," Walton allows us to better understand the Bible, God, and ourselves.