Chapter 5: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of Life and Death in the New Testament 127
T he preceding chapter undertook a biblical and theological analy- sis of life and death in the Old Testament. The present chapter continues this endeavor by focusing on a selective set of New Tes- tament passages (namely, Rom 5:1–21; 8:1–39; 1 Cor 15:1–58; Heb 2:5–18; 4:14–5:10; 7:1–28; 9:1–10:18; Rev 20:1–22:21). Of central impor- tance to this investigation (as well as the question of human origins) is the issue of Adam and Eve’s historicity (cf. Lane 1994b:161; Niehaus 2008:15; Plantinga 1991; Schaeffer 1972:41). As was noted in chapters 2 and 4 of this study, some claim that Adam and Eve never really existed and so could not have been the principal source of genetic endowment for all humans (cf. Barbour 2000:133–134; Day 2005:17–18, 21, 25; Domn- ing and Hellwig 2006:4, 6, 20, 71, 74, 190; Harlow 2008:197–198; Harlow 2010:181, 190–191; Haught 2000:137–138; Kass 2003:60; Lamoureux 2008:274–277, 319, 329; Murphy 2010:2; Peacocke 2001:78; Schneider 2010:201). In contrast, this treatise maintains that Adam and Eve are not fictional, generic characters appearing in an ancient Hebrew myth. In- stead, they are a literal, historical couple who, before the Fall, initially existed in a genetically pristine state as persons having moral integrity. Furthermore, it was noted that when Adam and Eve sinned in the an- cient...
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