I've written an academic book for lay people that biblically critiques the Creation Museum. While guiding readers through the Museum, the book is also an introduction into how to read the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context. Available here.
Contents by chapter:
- What was Leviathan?
- Was Behemoth a Dinosaur?
- King James’ Unicorns
- Making Sense of Isaiah’s Flying Serpents
- Does Genesis 1:1 Describe the Absolute Beginning?
- Ancient Hebrew Heavenly Cosmology
- The Ancient Hebrew Conception of the Earth
- Eden: The Cosmic Mountain of God
- The Meaning of the Seven Days of Creation
- The Numerological Lifespans of the Patriarchs
- Animal Death Before the Fall
- Why the Holy Spirit isn’t Your Bible Commentary
- How Popular Views of Inspiration Protect Readers from Their Bible
- False Artifacts, Hoaxes, and Misinterpretations: Young-Earth Creationism’s Use of Dragon Legends
- Misuse of Flood Legends
- Cosmology and Traditional World Cultures
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Hey, you said that interpreting Behemoth and Leviathan as dinosaurs is something recent, and that the most believed interpretation was that the Behemoth was a wild ox, however this is not how either Christians or Jews have traditionally understood these creatures. The early Christians called these creatures “dragons”:ReplyDelete
The Behemoth is a dragon, that is, a land animal, just as the Leviathan is an aquatic sea animal. (St. Ephraim the Syrian, Commentary on Job 40.15, from CatenaBible)
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Regarding the Seven Days case, I think of it as astrological. Herodotus, wrote, "The Egyptians were the first to assign to each month, and each day a particular god." (The History, 5th century B.C.). The ancients recognized seven "planets" each associated with a particular god; Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn (listed in the order used to name the days). Each planetary god was judged more powerful based on relative size. We use these names even now. This religious gloss led to the eventual rejection of the 10 day week organized into the Sumerians' 360 day year. Their "Holy days" weren't counted as real days so the 360 day year could be adjusted to fit solar observations. The four obvious Holidays were the solar equinoxes and solstices. The other one or two per year could be added adlib.
I generally read Genesis 1 as "Our God made all your little gods - so there!"
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