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Edited by Markham (Mark) Geller and Mineke Schipper

Imagining Creation is a collection of views on creation by noted authors from different disciplines. Topics include creation accounts and iconography from Mesopotamia and Egypt, and cosmologies from India and Africa. Special attention is devoted to creation in the Scriptures (Bible and Koran) and related oral traditions on Genesis from Slavonic Europe, as well as Kabbalah. Some of the creations myths are earlier and some later than the Bible, while a number of the discussed texts offer alternative approaches to the beginnings of the universe. The contributions provide many new perspectives on the origins of man and his world from diverse cultures. The volume is the proceedings of a symposium on creation stories held at University College London.

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Irenaeus on Creation

The Cosmic Christ and the Saga of Redemption


Matthew Steenberg

Scholarship on Irenaeus has long acknowledged the centrality of creation to his theology, yet without fitting this theme securely into the Christological vision of Christ the ‘Recapitulator’. Studies have considered elements of Irenaeus’ cosmology and anthropology in extraction; but without seeing creation as an intrinsic part of his Christocentric vision, these have only partially been able to capture the intricacy and significance of his embrace of the creation saga. Drawing on the most recent Irenaean scholarship, the present volume explores in detail the Christocentric cosmology of one of the second century’s greatest writers, setting him in the context of the theological currents of his day. The result is a volume that offers new insights into the trinitarian articulation of early Christianity, the full significance of humanity as bearing God’s ‘image’, and a fuller reading of the details behind the title, ‘Irenaeus the creationist’.

Ellen van Wolde

story of Gen 1:1-2:4a? And what would it tell us about other biblical texts with creation motifs, such as the well-known creation psalm, Ps 104? The aim of this article is to examine these kinds of questions. After a survey of the common understanding of ברא and the problems it entails (section 2

José Costa

Journal for the Study of Judaism 42 (2011) 218-252 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157006311X565109 Journal for the Study of Judaism Emanation et création : le motif du manteau de lumière revisité José Costa Université de Paris III, Sorbonne nouvelle Jose

Pentecostal Epistemology, the Problem of Incommensurability, and Creational Hermeneutic

The Harmonious Relationship between Affective and Cognitive Knowledge

Yoon Shin

immanence. 2 Because Smith argues that the latter suffers from the (violent) problem of incommensurability, the former becomes implicated as well. By turning to his creational hermeneutic, however, I will argue that the goodness of creation unveils the problem of incommensurability as a pseudo-problem. If

‘What Am I in a Boundless Creation?’ 

An Ecological Reading of Sirach 16 & 17

Hilary Marlow

of much attention as far as ecological hermeneutics is concerned but is significant for this type of reading on two counts. First, by virtue of its extensive range of creation texts and wisdom poems, 5 including its reuse of material from the Genesis creation accounts and other Pentateuchal material

Steven J. Duby

Introduction Broadly speaking, classical Christian theism through the centuries has espoused the simplicity of God, the freedom of God with regard to creation, and the contingency of creation. 1 By contrast, modern work on the doctrine of God in systematic theology has often censured or

Creation Language in Romans 8

A Study in Monosemy


Gregory P. Fewster

Modern scholarship tends to understand Paul’s use of creation language (κτίσις) in Rom 8.18–23 as part of a commentary on the state of sub-human creation. This misguided position warrants an inquiry into the state of lexical study in New Testament scholarship. As a result, Fewster articulates a theory of lexical monosemy, cast in the framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics. The model is applied to Paul’s use of κτίσις through a robust corpus analysis and investigation into the word's role within the paragraph. κτίσις contributes to the cohesive structure of Rom 8.18–23 and—contra the majority of interpreters—functions as a metaphor for the human body.

Walter Brogan

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156916410X524420 Research in Phenomenology 40 (2010) 295–308 R e s e a r c h i n P h e n o m e n o l o g y The Parting of Being: On Creation and Sharing in Nancy’s Political Ontology Walter Brogan Villanova University Abstract I

Hartwig Wiedebach

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 JJTP 18.2 Also available online – DOI: 10.1163/147728510X529009 LOGIC OF SCIENCE VS. THEORY OF CREATION: THE “AUTHORITY OF ANNIHILATION” IN HERMANN COHEN’S LOGIC OF ORIGIN* Hartwig Wiedebach University of Zurich Abstract The difference between