Creation Rediscovered: Finding New Meaning in an Ancient Story

by Jeffery M. Leonard

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Retail: $19.95
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 275
Pub Date: March 2020
ISBN: 9781683072348
ISBN-13: 9781683072348
Item Number: 072348
Categories: Biblical Studies and Interpretation; Religion and Culture

Product Description

Creation Rediscovered, by Jeffery M. Leonard, guides readers through a contextual reading of the Bible’s creation stories. Over the last two centuries, few subjects have generated as much controversy for Christians as has creation. The whethers, whens, and hows of creation have often become a battlefield in which the pitched forces of competing sides—Darwinists and creationists, young-earthers and old, figurativists and literalists— have struggled for the upper hand. Like most battles, this fight has tended to inflict a fair amount of collateral damage along the way. This is especially true for those put in the terrible position of feeling they have had to choose between the Bible they have fallen in love with and the science they have studied.

In this book, Jeffery Leonard writes to fellow travelers in the faith who want to take the biblical text seriously, while at the same time appreciate science’s exploration of what we consider to be God’s creation. It is his contention that setting the Bible’s creation texts back within their ancient context allows us to do both of these things. Indeed, Leonard believes that when we reread what the Bible has to say about creation in its original setting, we find meaning in the text far more profound than what we have previously imagined.

Key points and features:
• Written by a Bible scholar
• Unique, timely, and fresh interpretation
• Helps readers see the Bible’s creation stories as vessels of healing and hope in God’s larger plan for humanity
• Attempts to redirect Christians to read the ancient creation stories within the context in which they were written

Author Bio

Jeffery M. Leonard is Associate Professor of Religion at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, where he specializes in Hebrew, Hebrew Bible, and the ancient Near East. He received his MDiv from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY, and his PhD from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. When he is not sequestered away in his study or the classroom, Dr. Leonard will be found traveling, backpacking, reading, or just enjoying time with his beloved wife and two sons.