Gen. 1.1 as the First Event and Not a Summary

Appendix “A” in Vern Poythress’ book “Interpreting Eden,” counters Bruce Waltke’s contention that the first verse of God’s word is a summary of the creation account which follows. The “initiation view” has much more to commend itself since, grammatically, it is the most natural way to take the text. I believe its important to remember who the recipients were of this revelatory communication. All the early readers of this text were shepherds and farmers, not students of dead languages creatively working out possible solutions to align with certain constructs. Therefore, the most straight-forward approach grammatically should yield the correct results.

Here is an interview with Logos featuring Poythress’ book “Interpreting Eden:”

How Should We Interpret Genesis 1–3? An Interview with Vern Poythress from the Logos Academic Blog

Author: squeaky2

Education: BA, M.Div., BBA Profession: Carpenter (retired)

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