February 20, 2018.
I’m going to try to gather some interesting resources that pertain to this series on Tuesday’s and Thursdays to break up my parts. Today I want to focus on Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) cosmology to help us understand the worldview out of which scripture came. If you want to read Part 1 or Part 2 of the series, click on the respective links.
First, here is a short video by Michael Heiser that gives a quick overview of ANE cosmology:
Here is an article by Dr. Heiser that is very similar to the video:
Here are some articles/videos that talk about ANE cosmology:
Pete Enn’s article about the firmament: https://biologos.org/blogs/archive/the-firmament-of-genesis-1-is-solid-but-thats-not-the-point
John Walton on the modern categories of “natural” and “supernatural”: https://biologos.org/blogs/guest/natural-and-supernatural-are-modern-categories-not-biblical-ones/
John Walton also did a video about understanding Genesis in its ancient cultural context (it’s 2 hours, but if you don’t have time to read The Lost World of Genesis One and The Lost World of Adam and Eve, this could probably serve as a decent substitute): https://biologos.org/resources/audio-visual/origins-today-genesis-through-ancient-eyes/
on Adam and Eve:
And finally, an article by Joseph Lam entitled “The Biblical Creation in its Ancient Near Eastern Context”:
Hope you find these resources helpful!