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The Lost World of Adam and Eve

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

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

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.

A Literal Adam and Eve? A Q&A with John Walton

A Literal Adam and Eve? A Q&A with John Walton

"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."

Praise for the <em>Lost World of Adam and Eve</em>

Praise for the Lost World of Adam and Eve

"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

Read the Introduction From <em>The Lost World of Adam and Eve</em>

Read the Introduction From The Lost World of Adam and Eve

"We can be attentive to the ancient world or to modern science without compromising our convictions about the Bible." ~John H. Walton

An Excursus on Paul’s Use of Adam From <em>The Lost World of Adam and Eve</em>

An Excursus on Paul’s Use of Adam From The Lost World of Adam and Eve

"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

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

A Biblical Way of Embracing the Conclusions of Modern Science

A Biblical Way of Embracing the Conclusions of Modern Science

James McGrath

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.

The Adam in Genesis 1-5

The Adam in Genesis 1-5

RJS at Jesus Creed

The purpose of Genesis 2 is not about the creation of the world, it is about humans in God’s sacred space. 

How (and Why) Adam and Eve Evolved

How (and Why) Adam and Eve Evolved

John Wilkinson

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.