John H. Walton

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John H. Walton
Born1952
NationalityAmerican
Known forLost World of .... books
TitleProfessor of Old Testament at Wheaton College
Academic background
EducationM.A. Biblical Studies: Old Testament, Wheaton Graduate School
Alma materPh.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
Sub-disciplineOld Testament studies
InstitutionsMoody Bible Institute
Wheaton College

John H. Walton (born 1952) is an Old Testament scholar and Professor at Wheaton College. He was a professor at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years.[1] He primarily specializes is in Ancient Near East to the Old Testament, especially Genesis and its creation account. He espouses a view of creation that resonates with ancient Near Eastern mindsets, much like a temple dedication ceremony, and not a strictly material account of cosmological origins. He uses a restaurant as an analogy, arguing that a restaurant does not begin to exist when the material building is completed, but when the owner declares the restaurant open for business.[2]

At Wheaton College he is the primary professor for its M.A in Biblical Exegesis.[3]

Controversy[edit]

John H. Walton has been controversial[4] for his view of the Genesis creation being functional rather than material, through his book The Lost World of Genesis. He has been criticized by prominent scholar Vern Poythress[5][6] and young earth creationist Ken Ham[7][8]

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Walton, John H (1989). Ancient Israelite Literature in its Cultural Context, A Survey of Parallels Between Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Texts. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • ———; Hill, Andrew H. (1991). A Survey of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • ——— (1994). Covenant: God's Purpose, God's Plan. Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-3105-7751-5.
  • ——— (2001). Genesis. NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • ——— (2004). Old Testament Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • ——— (2006). Essential Bible Companion. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • ——— (2006). Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
  • ——— (2008). Jonah. Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • ——— (2009). The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Downers Grove, IL: IVP.
  • ——— (2011). Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology. Warsaw, IA: Eisenbrauns.
  • ——— (2012). Job. NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • ———; Sandy, D. Brent (2013). The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority. Downers Grove, IL: IVP.
  • ——— (2015). The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2–3 and the Human Origins Debate. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.
  • ——— (2017). The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest: Covenant, Retribution, and the Fate of the Canaanites. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. ISBN 9780830851843.

Articles & chapters[edit]

  • ——— (1995). "The Mesopotamian Background of the Tower of Babel Account and Its Implications". Bulletin for Biblical Research. 5: 155–175.
  • ——— (2000). "The Anzu Myth as relevant Background for Daniel 7?". In Collins, John; Flint, Peter. The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception. Vetus Testament Supplement, FIOTL. Brill.
  • ——— (2001). "Recovering the Vitality of the Old Testament in Preaching". Preaching Today. 17.
  • ——— (2001). "Equilibrium and the Sacred Compass: The Structure of Leviticus". Bulletin for Biblical Research. 11 (2): 1–12.
  • ——— (2002). "Inspired Subjectivity and Hermeneutical Objectivity". The Master’s Seminary Journal. 13 (1): 65–77.
  • ——— (2003). "The Imagery of the Substitute King Ritual in Isaiah's Fourth Servant Song". Journal of Biblical Literature. 122: 734–43.
  • ——— (2008). "Creation in Genesis 1:1–2:3 and the Ancient Near East: Order out of Disorder after Chaoskampf". Calvin Theological Journal. 43: 48–63.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Walton", Faculty, Wheaton College.
  2. ^ "Creation in Genesis 1:1–2:3 and the Ancient Near East: Order out of Disorder after Chaoskampf", Calvin Theological Journal, 43: 61–63, 2008.
  3. ^ College, Wheaton (2015-06-30), M.A. in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College Graduate School, retrieved 2018-04-24
  4. ^ "The Lost World of Adam and Eve". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  5. ^ "Walton vs. Poythress". The Gospel Coalition. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  6. ^ BioLogos. "John Walton Responds to Vern Poythress's Review of "The Lost World of Genesis One"". BioLogos. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  7. ^ "Wheaton College and False Teaching in Tennessee". Answers in Genesis. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  8. ^ "The Lost World of Adam and Eve: A Response". Answers in Genesis. Retrieved 2018-04-24.

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