Thursday, December 8, 2011

Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? by C. John Collins

Who were these two figures of Scripture and why should we care about them?

These are the questions that Collins tackles in a very academic book.

You know this will be a challenging book when you see that the chapters are divided such:


A product of MIT, Collins provides a somewhat overview of how the story of Adam and Eve shapes up with other ancient worldviews, mythology and other biblical views.

He then zooms into specific texts that talk about these protohumans to discover if they actually existed or were just created to tell a larger story.

After raking through the Bible, Collins discusses how unique humans are and how we reveal the character of God.

If that isn't enough to cause your ears to bleed with academia, we try to look at how or if science can provide the biblical evidence.

The first few chapters give the biblical exercise in discussing Adam and Eve's existence while the latter chapters (and appendix) jump all around different topics.

This is not a book to read on a flight or just to pass the time. This is a study book for only those seriously interested in proving Adam and Eve's existence.

At least he uses N.T. Wright to support his position. If you need to add weight to your book, quote Wright.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Crossway Publishing.

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