This chapter explores how Gregory of Nyssa and Augustine interpreted Genesis with an eye towards a literal interpretation. It’s important in the sense that those who don’t know Patristics will say the Fathers (or Boersma) shunned a literal reading. They didn’t. Still, some of their conclusions are….odd. I am only going to highlight some key aspects of Gregory’s reading as they relate to his overall metaphysics.
On the Making of Man
Genesis 1:27. The first part of the verse refers to the universal essence of man (which Boersma elsewhere argued that “man” is God’s foreknowledge of the fullness of all human beings at the end time (Boersma 32). This culminates in the eschaton. This lets Gregory take Galatians 3:28 in the following: since there is no male or female in Christ, and Christ is the universal, the prototype, the image of God, then the universal man is neither male or female.
Strong stuff, and we will take issue with it later. The main problem is that Genesis 1:28 implies that sexual activity will take place regardless of the fall.
Ancient readers relished verbal associations in the text (39). Phrases like “tree of Life” or “Wisdom” were “trigger-loaded.” This is like a non-Satanic version of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (how it should have been, before it was corrupted by the Deep State).