Yesterday I listened to a lecture by John Walton titled “Genesis One as Ancient Cosmology” that he gave as part of the 2009 Logos Lecture Series (listen here). It made me want to read his book on the subject. In this lecture he discusses how “creation” would not have necessarily been so much about something coming from nothing as much as order from disorder or function from “functionlessness”. In fact, he said, “In Genesis One we do not have an account of material origins; we have an account of functional origins.”

As part of his arguement he alludes to temple literature in the ancient near east to explain the “seven days” and creation narratives to explain the worldview. This does not mean he does not use solid exegesis. Actually, his exegesis of Genesis is very solid.

This is an exciting paradigm. It seems to be gaining support. I need to read this book.