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Origins 7(1):3 (1980).

Brief summaries of the main conclusions of the leading presentations are given below for those who may find the complete articles too long or technical.


SOME RECENT DATA FROM VENUS AND JUPITER: IMPLICATIONS FOR COSMOGONY

    Views of unexplored areas, be they in science or geography, are constructed either from extrapolation of known experiences or from wild fantasy. Earthbound cosmologists have viewed our solar system from both perspectives. With the advent of unmanned probes, results have been obtained which have forced the abandoning of supposed similarities with our own earth as well as causing the destruction of several fantasies. The solar system appears not to be homogeneous in its composition and structure. These results are puzzling in view of a supposed similar source of raw materials. Atmospheric compositions are uniformly hostile to known life forms. Elemental and molecular studies indicate great variance in apparent ages. These results provide little confidence in any naturalistic model of a cosmology for our solar system.

GENESIS 5 AND 11: CHRONOGENEALOGIES IN THE BIBLICAL HISTORY OF BEGINNINGS

    The genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11 have sharply divided biblical scholars into two very separate camps. On one side are those who view these chronologies as a descriptive device to demonstrate a lineage from Adam through Noah. By comparing this chronology with others in Scripture, they posit that the time-related statements do not necessarily carry validity. In this paper, the author claims a uniqueness for these chronologies. Calling them chronogenealogies, he postulates that they have special properties and that they are not easily explained away. In his examination of the Masoretic text, the Samaritan Pentateuch, and the Greek Septuagent, he compares the chronologies of each and shows several reasons why each should be considered closer to the original. Because certain manuscripts contain longer time periods between Adam and Noah, these have been adopted by some to add more time to their own studies so that the anomalies they find may be easily fitted into a biblical time frame. Hasel's study will create uncertainty in this approach.


1980

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