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Reasons to Believe Meeting
April 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Please join us for our Reasons to Believe chapter meeting on Fri., Apr. 13, 7:00-9:30PM in the Family Center Rooms 524-525. We will watch a pair of videos featuring RTB Visiting Scholar Dr. Kenneth Keathley, in which Dr. Keathley makes a compelling case that Moses wrote the book of Genesis as he did in order to speak to the Hebrew people in a context with which they were familiar. Scholars have long noted that there are many parallels between the creation accounts in Genesis and those of other ancient cultures, such as the Babylonian Enuma Elish and the tomb writings of the Egyptians. These parallel accounts include the creation of earth out of chaotic, dark waters; firmaments above and below the earth; the sky as a canopy; and a catastrophic flood narrative. Some have suggested that this implies that Moses was merely borrowing these accounts and incorporating them as his own. Dr. Keathley argues instead that the Hebrew people had been so steeped in Egyptian culture for 400 years before the exodus that Moses incorporated some of these themes to make the text understandable to the Hebrew people. Dr. Kenneth Keathley is a Professor of Theology and the Director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Our meetings are always free of charge. We will have a drawing for some free RTB resources. Refreshments will be served. Guests are encouraged to come.