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I’m not a regular listener to the Answers Conversation podcast, but this episode’s theme of ANE literature piqued my interest. In this episode, Steve Ham and Dr. Terry Mortenson discuss whether or not we need to understand ANE literature to be able to properly understand the Bible. Their short answer to this question is no. They recommend John N. Oswalt’s book ‘The Bible Among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature?’ (Zondervan, 2009) as a book that supports their position. John H. Walton’s book ‘The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate’ (IVP Academic, 2010) is suggested as a book that is opposed their position. I’m not sure when this interview was recorded, but I was rather surprised that they didn’t make mention of John D. Currid’s new book ‘Against the Gods: The Polemical Theology of the Old Testament’ (Crossway, 2013), which would have had much to offer to their discussion. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to record an interview with Dr. Currid about ‘Against the Gods’ last December. You can listen to that interview below:
Listen to this episode of Answers Conversation and let me knew your thoughts. Do you find Ham and Mortenson’s arguments compelling? Are their other books that need to be considered in this discussion? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.