Yahweh alone is self-existent, nothing else is. This assertion flies in the face of all the other world-views, which insist in one way or another that it is matter that is self-existent. Thus, the question must arise, did the present cosmos arise out of pre-existing matter, or did I AM produce this cosmos from nothing? Does the Bible give us the answer to the question, or is the idea of creation from nothing only an inference? And does it really matter that much, anyway? In this lecture, Oswalt will lay the biblical foundations for the Christian idea of creation out of nothing and show why a great deal hinges upon it.
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|John Oswalt (PhD, Brandeis University) is visiting distinguished professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. His publications include The Holy One of Israel: Studies in the Book of Isaiah, The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature? and a two volume Commentary on Isaiah in the NICOT series. He was a member of the New International Version translation team, and served as consulting editor for the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.|
This event is made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this lecture are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.