Last week I mentioned a book coming out from P&R Publishing on the subject of the historical Adam. Next month Reformation Heritage Books will release The Quest for the Historical Adam by William VanDoodewaard. Here’s the catalog description and table of contents:
“Was Adam really a historical person, and can we trust the biblical story of human origins? Or is the story of Eden simply a metaphor, leaving scientists the job to correctly reconstruct the truth of how humanity began? Although the church currently faces these pressing questions—exacerbated as they are by scientific and philosophical developments of our age—we must not think that they are completely new. In The Quest for the Historical Adam, William VanDoodewaard recovers and assesses the teaching of those who have gone before us, providing a historical survey of Genesis commentary on human origins from the patristic era to the present. Reacquainting the reader with a long line of theologians, exegetes, and thinkers, VanDoodewaard traces the roots, development, and, at times, disappearance of hermeneutical approaches and exegetical insights relevant to discussions on human origins. This survey not only informs us of how we came to this point in the conversation but also equips us to recognize the significance of the various alternatives on human origins.”
1. Finding Adam and His Origin in Scripture
2. The Patristic and Medieval Quest for Adam
3. Adam in the Reformation and Post-Reformation Eras
4. Adam in the Enlightenment Era
5. Adam in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
6. The Quest for Adam: From the 1950s to the Present
7. What Difference Does it Make?
Epilogue: Literal Genesis and Science
The literature on this is growing and shows no sign of letting up. I expect this will be a solid contribution to the existence of a literal Adam and Eve.
Watch for it in April. The Quest for the Historical Adam will be a hardcover with 400 pages and sell for $30.00.
Dr. William VanDoodewaard (PhD, University of Aberdeen) has served as Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary since 2010. Prior to this he served as a university professor and Christian educator for thirteen years, including teaching positions in European and Ancient History at Patrick Henry College, near Washington, D.C. and Huntington University in Indiana. He is a contributor to published works on historical theology, expository studies on the persons of the Trinity, and has also written for academic journals including the Journal of British Studies, the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Westminster Theological Journal. An ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP), Dr. VanDoodewaard serves as the lead church planter at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church in downtown Grand Rapids. He and his wife Rebecca blog at The Christian Pundit.
Here’s a short video from the author.