The basic points are:
- Nothing in the OT gives Adam the importance protestant theology does
- Nothing in the OT suggests that Adam's sin is imparted to his offspring
- Paul's emphasis on Adam is an innovation in terms of the OT resulting from his encounter with Christ
Now I think those points are more or less irrefutable, but of course the implications are not so clear. I know Enns' thesis is really about whether or not Christians need to understand Gen 2-3 as literal history or something else. But long before we get to that topic I'd say this suggests our protestant emphasis on hereditary sin is at the very least an overemphasis and most likely a misreading of Paul. Which send me scurrying to look at Rom 5:12-21 and 1 Cor 15 again, and I think to myself, this is possible . . .
Action points: I'm going to have to read Enns' book myself (I thought Inspiration and Incarnation was overrated, so wasn't going to bother) and I'm going to have to do some exegesis on these Pauline Adam passages.
So, what do you think? :-)