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Creationism & the Early Church

by Robert I. Bradshaw

An examination of the interpretation of the early church's interpretations of Genesis 1-11 from the time of the close of the New Testament until the death of Augustine of Hippo (430 AD)

Version 2.0, Last Updated 25th January 1999


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Abbreviations For Works of Ancient Writers

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Chapter 1

The Use & Abuse of Church History

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Chapter 2

Creation ex nihilo (Out of Nothing)

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Chapter 3

The Days of Genesis 1

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Chapter 4

The Fall of Man

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Chapter 5

The ‘Sons of God’ (Genesis 6:1-4)

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Chapter 6

Noah’s Flood & the Tower of Babel

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Chapter 7

The Early Church and Science

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Chapter 8

Interpretations of the Evidence

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Origen’s Interpretation of the Creation

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Abbreviations For Modern Works

ACW Ancient Christian Writers
ANF Ante-Nicene Fathers
BEC Backgrounds of Early Christianity
BETS Bulletin of the Evangelical Theological Society
CUP Cambridge University Press
EBC The Expositor's Bible Commentary
EEC Encyclopedia of Early Christianity
EQ Evangelical Quarterly
GP Gospel Perspectives
GTJ Grace Theological Journal
HNTC Harper's New Testament Commentaries
ICC International Critical Commentary
ISBE International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, revised
JSOT Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
JAOS Journal of the American Oriental Society
LXX Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament)
LCL Loeb Classical Library
NIBC New International Biblical Commentary
NICNT New International Commentary on the New Testament
NICOT New International Commentary on the Old Testament
NIGTC New International Greek Testament Commentary
NIV New International Version
NPNF Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers
NRSV New Revised Standard Version
ODCC Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
OHCW Oxford History of the Classical World
OUP Oxford University Press
SJT Scottish Journal of Theology
TB Tyndale Bulletin
TJ Trinity Journal
TNTC Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
TOTC Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries
WBC Word Biblical Commentary
ZPEC The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible


I would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their assistance in the production of this study:

Robert Doolan, Editor, Creation Ex Nihilo Magazine, Creation Science Foundation Ltd.

Ted Faulkner

Dr. Arthur Jones

Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Tracey Larter

Dr. Marvin L. Lubenow, Christian Heritage College

Shane Michaels

Prof. Alan R. Millard, Liverpool University

Dr Robert C. Newman, Biblical Theological Seminary

Frank S. Palmisano III

Dr. John Peet, Biblical Creation Society

Alan Radcliffe-Smith, Creation Science Movement

Ian Taylor, President, Bible Science Association, Inc.

David C.C. Watson

I would also like to thank the staff of the following libraries:

Dr. Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AG

Higher Bebington Library and Bebington Central Library, Bebington, Wirral.

Regents College Library, Regents College, British Columbia, Canada.

The Research Library, Tyndale House, Cambridge.

Illustrations are from André Thevet, Les Prais Portraits et Vies Hommes Illustres, 1543 edition supplied by the Special Collections Library, University of Michigan

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