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Miniblog #337: John Walton on How We Should Interpret Noah in Genesis 6-9

by Carson T. Clark on March 31, 2014

I haven’t seen the new Noah film nor read any movie reviews. I’ve also managed to altogether avoid the expected outraged commentary coming out of certain segments of the evangelical community. My thought is this: The last thing we need is yet another blogger contributing to the present for and against cacophony. Instead it seems wiser and more fruitful to attempt to elevate the conversation. Specifically, I think it important to get people thinking seriously about the Ancient Near Eastern cultural-historical context in which Genesis was written and which Genesis reflects. Here I turn to John Walton’s expertise. The following video is only seven minutes long. As such it cannot answer all the questions you might have about Noah. What it is exceedingly helpful at doing is framing the conversation in a genuinely biblical and theologically sound manner. Whether you’re a Christian who want to understand what the Bible says because it’s your standard for doctrine and practice or an atheist who wants to understand what the Bible actually says as a matter of intellectual honesty, this video will help.

  • Ian Sansot

    Remember the blog I linked to you once of my good friend Chris, who I consider one of the mentors in my life? This was his response: http://chris-mcelmurray.blogspot.com/2014/03/keep-calm-and-read-1-enoch.html

  • Ian Sansot

    I want to read/watch him approach each key “event” or story in Genesis. He’s done a lot on Genesis 1. I’m happy with that stuff. Next to Garden of Eden. Then do Babel. Then Noah, etc. I don’t have a problem with what he says here, it’s just not yet enough to satisfy.

  • PercyDovetonsils

    1 – Rock monsters building the ark? Tolkien we much?

    2 – Noah pulling a Jack Nicholson/The Shining moment. “Here’s…. Noah!” with an ax going to kill his new-born granddaughters. Can you say Kermit Gosnell?

    If they hadn’t marketed to Christian as a “faith movie”, but as another fantasy, a la Snow White and the Huntsmen, I’d be fine with it. But they tried to palm it off as a spiritual movie, even pressuring the Pope into a face-to-face photo op.

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