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To begin with, God created-- : biblical theologies of creation
Löning, Karl, 1938-
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Als Anfang schuf Gott. English
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Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, [2000]

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x, 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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"A Michael Glazier book."
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Biblical creation faith and biblical salvation faith both have important statements regarding creation theology. Karl Loning and Erich Zenger bring the parts of the divided yet unified Christian Bible into dialogue with one another, so that the entire biblical tradition attains a new life.

Author Notes

Erich Zenger, Dr. theol., is professor for New Testament Exegesis at the University of Muenster.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: The Relevance of Biblical Theologies of Creationp. 1
I Ideas About the Beginning of Creation
1. The Interplay of Chaos and Cosmosp. 9
Creation as Origin and Goalp. 10
Ancient Oriental Conceptions of the "World Before Creation"p. 11
2. The Beginning of Creation in the View of Genesis 1p. 18
The Meaning of the Images of Chaos in Genesis 1:2p. 18
A Comparative Look into Egyptian Iconographyp. 21
Invocation of the Good Beginning: Creation Theology as Theodicyp. 24
3. The Effects of the Beginning Continue: Yhwh, the Good Ruler, Cares for the Worldp. 32
The Royal God of Creation as the Tamer of Chaos (Psalm 93)p. 32
Longing for the Continuing Care of the God of Creation (Psalm 104)p. 34
4. The Eschatological Establishment of God's Rule as the Deliverance of Creationp. 45
The Place and Value of the Creation Theme in New Testament Theologyp. 45
Motifs of Creation Theology Within the Framing Conception of the Gospel of Markp. 47
II Personification of the Creative Beginning
5. Lady Wisdom as God's Creative Life Force (Proverbs 8)p. 57
The Context and Composition of Proverbs 8:1-36p. 57
The Search for Wisdom as an Art of Living in Accord with Creationp. 61
The Torah as Creation's Blueprintp. 62
6. The Logos as the Revelation of God's Creative Glory (The Gospel of John)p. 65
"From his glory we have all received": The Prologue of John's Gospel (John 1:1-18)p. 65
Early Jewish Wisdom as Tradition-Historical Backgroundp. 74
Elements of Creation Theology in the Exposition (John 1:19-2:11) and in the First Ending (20:30-31) of the Gospel of Johnp. 77
The Healing of the Lame Man at the Pool of Beth-zatha (John 5)p. 83
III The World as the Creation of the Merciful God
7. The Biblical Primeval History in Genesis 1-9 as a Theological Compositionp. 99
Genesis 9:28-29 as the End of the Primeval Historyp. 99
The Three Parts of the Primeval History in Genesis 1-9p. 101
8. The World as a House for the Living (Genesis 1:1-2:3)p. 105
The Universe as a Home for Allp. 105
Human Beings in the Service of Life (Genesis 1:26-28)p. 107
The Utopia of Cosmic Peace (Genesis 1:29-2:3)p. 113
9. The World as the House of the Merciful God (Genesis 5:1-9:29)p. 118
The Purpose of the Flood Storiesp. 118
The Biblical Flood Narrative: A Complex Storyp. 120
The Creation of the World as the Creator God's Learning Processp. 122
The Human Being as the Image of God in the Tension Between Chaos and Cosmosp. 126
10. Israel as Revelation of the Merciful God of Creationp. 128
The Connection Between the Creation of the World and the Creation of Israel in the View of the Priestly Documentp. 128
The History of the World and Israel's Pre-Historyp. 129
IV Creation, Torah, and God's Rule (Psalm 19)
11. The Torah as the Sun of Creationp. 133
The Structure of Psalm 19p. 134
The Metaphorical Coherence of Psalm 19p. 138
The Torah as the Light of God's Realmp. 140
12. God's Creation and the Wisdom of Jesus (Synoptic Jesus-Traditions)p. 143
The New Testament Is Not a Book of Torah Wisdomp. 143
The Creative Power of God and the Charisma of Jesus (Exorcism and Therapy)p. 145
"The Earth Brings Forth Fruit by Itself": Creation and God's Rule in the Parables of Jesusp. 146
Learning from the Lilies and the Ravens: Didactic Wisdom Discourse in Luke 12p. 147
The Mercy of God as the Measure of Righteous Actionp. 152
The Other Fence of the Torah: The Sermon on the Mount as Interpretation of the Torahp. 157
13. The Patience of Creation: On the Relationship Between Creation, Torah, and Eschatological Revelation of the Righteousness of God (Paul's Letter to the Romans)p. 163
The Apocalyptic-Wisdom Structure of New Testament Soteriologiesp. 163
The Place and Value of the Creation Theme in Romansp. 164
The Revelation of the Glory of the Children of God as the Liberation of Creation (Romans 8:8-27)p. 167
14. The Activity of the Spirit of God (ruah) for the Fulfillment of Creation (Isaiah 11:1-10)p. 173
A Creation-Theological Utopiap. 173
Revitalization of the Beginningp. 176
The Renewal of Creation Begins with the New Creation of the People of Godp. 180
15. Renewal of the Creation and the Reestablishment of Israel (Acts of the Apostles)p. 182
The Reestablishment of the Kingdom in Israelp. 183
The Ideal Role of Judaismp. 183
Jewish Christianity as a Sign for the Nationsp. 185
Prospect: Impetuses for a Biblically-Inspired Culture of Creationp. 188
Index of Scriptural Referencesp. 191
Subject and Name Indexp. 198