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The Lost World of Adam and Eve (Part 13: Conclusion)

If you are reading this conclusion first, and wish to read the rest of the summaries for John Walton's book The Lost World of Adam and Eve, they can be found below in ascending (not descending) order beginning July 2015.

In a nutshell, Walton argues that:

1. Genesis’ primary focus is on how God ordered creation and not on the origins of mankind.

2. The language Moses chose to use in Genesis isn’t talking about making everything from nothing in a particular number of days. Rather, the language is being used to emphasis God’s plan to live with humanity and have humanity join him in the ordering of the earth. This plan was temporarily put on hold by Adam and Eve’s sin.

I can’t say that I’ve come to any definite conclusion about what John Walton argues in his book The Lost World of Adam and Eve. I don’t want to pitch my tent on any definite claims here about Genesis or science because science and ancient history are both fields of study with unanswered questions.

The most important thing is that the main thing stay the main thing, and that is that we have a solution to sin through Christ. 

Walton has shown me a different way of viewing Genesis, namely the way that the ancient Hebrews might have viewed it, and this has enlarged my view of God and His intentions here on earth. 

I hope this study has done the same for you.


Walton, John H. The Lost World of Adam and Eve. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2015. Print.

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