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"The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth . . . and the ark floated on the face of the waters." (Gen 6:17-18 NRSV) 

In our modern age the Genesis flood account has been probed and analyzed for answers to scientific, apologetic, and historical questions. It is a text that has called forth flood geology, fueled searches for remnants of the ark on Mount Ararat, and inspired a full-size replica of Noah's ark in a biblical theme park. Some claim that the very veracity of Scripture hinges on a particular reading of the flood narrative. But do we understand what we are reading? Longman and Walton urge us to hit the pause button and ask, what might the biblical author have been saying to his ancient audience? 

As with other books in the Lost World series, The Lost World of the Flood is an informative and enlightening journey toward a more responsible reading of a timeless biblical narrative.

©2018 Tremper Longman III and John H. Walton (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Jenifer M Gallagher
  • 12-11-20

Disappointed- Less Biblical Focus More Secular

I listened to the Lost World of Genesis and the Adam and Eve book. I thought the Lost World of Genesis was very helpful in how it helped people to have a better understanding of the Hebrew words and how the current culture would have understood those words. I didn’t find this book helpful in that way at all.

It seemed so odd that they would claim specific details in the Biblical account of the ark dimensions would just be hyperbole. “This is the way you are to make it: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits (450’ x 75’ x 45’). You shall make a window [for light and ventilation] for the ark, and finish it to at least a cubit (eighteen inches) from the top—and set the [entry] door of the ark in its side; and you shall make it with lower, second and third decks.” Genesis‬ ‭6:15-16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I understand that a literary technique can be to exaggerate when telling a story but these verses read as a instruction blueprint not a random exaggeration for literary effect.

Also the fact that the authors questioned the size of the ark since no other ships have been made this large with wood. The thing that the authors seemed to miss or ignore was the fact that this wasn’t a vessel intended to navigate the waters or sail on the seas, they didn’t need to navigate it was intended to be a floating house/zoo so of course it wouldn’t be made like any other ship because it’s function was totally different.

The thing that agitated me the most while listening to it was that instead of them just focusing on the Hebrew words and ancient cultural understanding it seemed like they kept trying to communicate, ‘This is what God said but he didn’t really mean it. He couldn’t have gotten his version of the story right because of what current geologist have found.’🤦‍♀️ What the heck?

This book seemed to have such a more secular slant and minimizes God, His Word and His abilities of what He could do. I was very disappointed with this book and will be returning it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-20

Literarily or Literally?

As our understanding in science, history, and ancient civilizations progresses through discovery and serious scholarship, the question of whether we should take the Bible literally or literarily is always going to surface. The Bible is a literary masterpiece and cannot be continued to be distorted into literal understandings without serious consequence. Those that blindly hold to literal readings choose to be ignorant of incredible scholarship and insight into the message the Bible actually expresses. This book is another well defended nail in the coffin of the perspective that the Bible should be ripped from its context and be treated as a modern accounting of history or science. Poetry and polemic are a much more accurate depiction of what it's pages contain. Instead of losing meaning or impact, understanding it in its natural context amplifies the Gospel and the Good Nature of God. Thank you to the writers for adding another "Lost World" book to further the understanding of the Text so near to our hearts. Great read, wonderful arguments, and serious critique without being disrespectful. Recommended.

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  • Tyler Halstead
  • 23-01-20

pretty good

Interesting and helpful in developing a broader understanding of the flood story. I found the lost world of Genesis 1 both more compelling and better narrated though.

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  • Otto
  • 24-04-19

A defence of a hyperbolic interpretation of the flood

Makes a compelling case for the usage of hyperbole in the historical passages of the Bible. However, when applied to the Flood account, this is less than compelling.

For example, it is not well established that the original Israelite audience could have recognized the relevant details as an obvious hyperbole. And should we really think that people from the age of megalithic architecture were incapable of constructing large wooden structures, even to the degree that such descriptions would be seen as hyperbole? After all, it is not that easy to cut through and move monumental blocks of stone.

The book also covers most of the relevant fields of evidence, including biblical interpretation, mesopotamian flood narratives, archaeology, universal flood mythology as well as a scientific critique of Flood Geology.

I found the arguments weak or superficial on multiple points, especially the critique of alternative theories. The arguments against the local flood interpretation have a number of important points, but don't engage in a dialog with more sophisticated versions of the local flood account, so some options are abandoned on weak evidential grounds. A similar tendency can be seen when discussing global flood accounts.

However, this lack of depth seems to be a common problem with books on the topic, and in comparison The Lost World of the Flood is a fairly good introduction to the topic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-20

May God bless you

I loved it and am truly greatful to God for John Walton who I truly believe God uses, among others, to find and save from a legion of clamoring voices and a brilliant reminder to always try my best to be loyal to the authority and intent of God's Word and Spirit first and to trust in Him.

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  • Gerry Manteit
  • 05-09-20

Great book explaining the Biblical flood account

This book in one in a series of books which enable believers and nonbelievers to take the Bible seriously but not literally. It highlights where Christians throughout time have misinterpreted the Bible and God and invited ridicule by trying to make the Bible says things that was never intended. A huge thank you to the authors.

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  • Jeff
  • 15-06-19

Great book, but probably wouldn't convert.

I liked the book, bought into it, but I don't believe it would have convert anyone who wasn't already part of the way there. Must read other Lost World books to fully grasp this one.

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  • Bill Sharky
  • 03-05-19

Like nails on a chalkboard

Expected a Sitchin type book. Got a lame dissertation of disinformation. Terrible. Want a refund

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