Episode 2 - Chaos Stories
There are rival narratives in our world. Differing stories about the universe and our place within it. Competitors inviting us into meaning, purpose, and value. For the ancient Hebrews there was the story of Genesis 1 and 2 but there was also the chaos stories of their closest neighbors.
On this episode of The Peoples Theology, we continue exploring Genesis' creation narratives with Dr. Tim Mackie. In order to understand Genesis, we need to understand it's context. Which means unpacking the beliefs and worldview of the cultures surrounding Israel. When we do this, we find that the Genesis has something radical to say in light of it's context. But, this message isn't for only for ancient people, it transcends culture and speaks to us today.
Mark Sayers, Facing Leviathan: Leadership, Influence, and Creating in a Cultural Storm (2014)
Richard Midelton, The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei of Genesis 1 (2005)
John Walton, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament (2006)
Kenton L. Sparks, Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible: A Guide to the Background (2005).