John Walton has a book coming out from Eisenbrauns on the creation narratives in Genesis. The book has seen some delays and it is not on the Eisenbrauns website yet. However, if you want a sneak peak of the book while you await its publication John has an article, “Creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3 and the Ancient Near East: Order out of Disorder after Chaoskampf,” in Calvin Theological Journal 43 (2008): 48-63 in which he provides a summary of his views on Genesis 1 as an ancient Near Eastern temple cosmology as well as an extended excerpt of a section from the forthcoming book on theomachy (or, divine conflict).
For more reading on this subject you can see various interactions with Walton’s more popular treatment of Genesis 1 in his book by IVP, The Lost World of Genesis One:
John Walton provides an extensive response to John Hobbins’ critique on the Ancient Hebrew Poetry blog
See also Chris Heard on the verb bara’
Tyler Williams had a very helpful four-part series on Mesopotamian creation accounts and you can see one of my reflections on this as well
Lastly, for another recent treatment of Genesis 1 see Mark Smith’s new book in which he discusses the Priestly vision of the account. (Here is a review by Joseph Kelly–thanks John Hobbins).
by Mark S. Smith
Fortress Press, Forthcoming November 2009
176 pages, English
Paper, 6 x 9
List Price: $25.00
Your Price: $22.50