Bible Saturday: Bruce Waltke – How to Read and Understand the Creation Account of Genesis I

Date(s) - May 4, 2024
9:30 am - 11:45 am

Regent College Chapel

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Please join us for Bible Saturday with Dr. Bruce Waltke on Saturday, May 4. Dr. Waltke is the Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Studies at Regent College and an influential scholar within biblical studies over the last forty years. Dr. Waltke will be teaching on Genesis 1, and addressing the perceived tension between biblical history and scientific theories of origins.


Ever since the bones of early armored dinosaur Scelidosaurus were unearthed in 1858 and, about a decade later, Darwin published The Origin of Species, many Christians have experienced a crisis of faith as these and other factors seem to contradict a straight-forward reading of the Genesis creation accounts (Gen 1:1–2:4 and Gen 2:5–25).

Dr. Waltke commented: “It seems fitting that, with the hope of easing the tension between ‘science’ and the Bible, I address the tension to the best of my ability—we all see through a glass darkly—by reflecting upon the exegesis of Genesis 1:1–3 in the first part of my lecture and on the literary genre of Genesis 1:1–2:4 in the second part. Regent College is an ideal place to address this controversial text, for Regent is a college of deep faith and of a generous, loving spirit.”


Dr. Bruce Waltke was first appointed Professor of Old Testament Studies at Regent College in 1976, and held that post until 1985 and then again from 1991 to 1997. In 1997 he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Regent College. Dr. Waltke has teaching positions at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Dallas Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, and Knox Theological Seminary. He has written numerous scholarly articles, is a member of the committee responsible for the New International Version, contributed to the New American Standard Version, and edited the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible. His commentary on Genesis (2001) and his An Old Testament Theology (2007) were awarded the gold medallion as the Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers of America, and his recent How to Read and Understand the Psalms (2023), co-authored with Dr. Fred G. Zaspel, was awarded the Book of Merit by Christianity Today. He has als co-authored Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax and authored commentaries on Micah and Proverbs, Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion?, and multiple volumes on the Psalms with his friend Dr. James Houston.


Regent Bookstore offers an extensive selection of books you won’t find in your average Christian bookstore, including substantial collections in theology, biblical studies, commentaries, Church history, Christian classics, and Christian spirituality. You can also find hidden gems in the Bookstore’s curated collections of fiction, poetry, general non-fiction, and even children’s books. Check the Regent Bookstore website for hours and additional info, and keep up with their blog for announcements, information about new releases, reading recommendations, and more.


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