>”Drs. Elliott Johnson and Gordon Johnston present opposing viewpoints. Bring your questions for a great time of learning and interaction.”
Thursday, April 10th at 6:00 in Campbell 204, Dallas Campus. [Rescheduled from March]
Presented by The Forum at DTS (Dallas Seminary).
>Wow! I thought you would have sided with Elliot Johnson! 🙂
>Johnston’s presentation was very compelling. I will comment on it further when I get a chance.
>I’ll let Jeff fill in the details since I think he went but I will give you a quick assessment. I’m afraid Dr. Johnston’s view would probably not fall in line with Henry Morris or David Jeremiah. In fact, he would say that the creation narratives are not scientific nor were they meant to be. Instead, he suggests they are a polemic against an Egyptian cosmology that the Israelites would have been exposed to while in exile, a tradition that would have been formative for their views of creation. Johnston provides a number of Egyptian creation accounts to demonstrate how much of the material is similar. He then presents these similarities to show how the writer of Genesis shaped these traditions in order to contrast the polytheism of Egypt and the Egyptian creation stories with that of the one true creator God. This is a very brief synopsis of Dr. Johnston’s view. I personally think it is very viable. I know he presented this at ETS last year and as far as I know it was received well. Perhaps Jeff can elaborate more. I just happened to see your post (Hylander) and thought I would give some response. It has also been about two years since I heard all of this from Dr. Johnston and I am sure he has developed it more since then.
>I wish I could fly out there to check it out. I would love to hear other perspectives regarding the Genesis account. But, I guess I’m a little spoiled because I am only about 15 minutes away from Dr Henry Morris’ ICR (Institute for Creation Research)in So. Cal. and only about 30 minutes away from Dr David Jeremiah’s Church where there many profs that talk about this subject. I do hope you guys post some notes in here about the lecture though, it would be great to hear what they said and how it impacted y’all 🙂
>I’ll be there tomorrow night and I will have him for OT104 this summer.
>I had G. Johnston for Hebrew 103-104, as I’m sure many of you did as well, and he presents the same view as Enns. However, I must say that he strategically uses phrases such as Egyptian creation ‘stories’ rather than using the ‘M’ word. When one states that the Genesis narratives could have incorporated information from, or as Johnston would say, represent a polemic against Egyptian creation stories, it just goes down better. But to my main point, if you have not had Johnston for Hebrew and you are not familiar with how he takes the Genesis creation stories, you really owe it to yourself to be there. I would have to say that I HIGHLY recommend it. It is a very cogent argument for how to read these narratives in light of some of the scientific problems that exist. When he first presented these views in class I wasn’t sure how to take them. However, after analyzing the data he presented, I think he has a really strong case.
>Anyone else going to be there? I’m going to try to make it. Maybe we can ask Johnston (OT prof) about the Enns situation. I’m sure he’ll bring it up himself.
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