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Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth Paperback – November 3, 2008
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Vlach writes: "The early chapters of Genesis continue to be a battleground in the debate over the age of the earth. The case for six-day creation, a global flood, and a young earth finds a great ally with Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth. The editors, Terry Mortensen and Thane H. Ury, have assembled fourteen formidable theological scholars to defend a young-earth view and critique contemporary old-earth interpretations of the book of Genesis.
"This defense of a literal view of Genesis 1-11, which is also a tribute to the life and ministry of early earth advocate, John C. Whitcomb, is not intended to be a scientific presentation for a young earth. Instead, this book admittedly complements young earth science books by focusing on a correct exegetical and theological understanding of Genesis. As such, it is intended to be a stand-alone text for seminary and Bible college professors and students, pastors, missionaries, and all interested in what the Bible really says about creation.
"Readers should appreciate the two forewords. The first is by Henry M. Morris, who penned his words shortly before his death. This reviewer is glad that Dr. Morris was able to see the fruit of this outstanding book before he left this earth to enter the presence of His Lord. Both editors acknowledge the great influence of both Morris and Whitcomb on their views of Genesis. The second review is by John MacArthur, who also heartily commends this book.
"Coming to Grips with Genesis consists of fourteen chapters followed by two appendices. The first appendix, by Paul J.Read more ›
It's written in a formal tone. Some articles get somewhat technical when talking about the original language, and the authors assume you know something about Hebrew grammar. However, the footnotes explain a technical point in more detail for those who don't know this information. There's excellent footnoting, so you always know where the information or quote came from. I also liked that the authors quoted the people in question so the reader could see for themselves what was said. Overall, if you have questions about the topics covered or want to be better able to argue the points, then I'd highly recommend this book.
Chapter 1, 2, 3, and 14 explored how Christian theological leaders before the 19th century viewed Genesis 1-11, especially how long they thought God took to create everything. Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 discussed the different ways Genesis 1 & 2 are interpreted, how to properly interpret Scripture as a whole and how that applies to Genesis 1 & 2, and is nature/general revelation equal in authority to Scripture/special revelation.
Chapter 9 talked about Noah's Flood, especially about the timeline of what happened and what one would expect to find now in the rock layers as a result of the Flood. Chapter 10 discussed the type of genealogies are in Genesis 5 and 11 and how accurate they are for chronological purposes. Chapter 11 and 12 pointed out how Jesus and the apostles viewed Genesis (as real history and real people or otherwise). Chapter 13 discussed how having death and suffering before creation was completed (as long geological ages demands) affects Christian theology.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
This book is a collection of essays, each dealing with a different aspect of the Genesis account of Creation and some specific attempt to place humans much farther back than what a plain reading of the text indicates. The first chapter begins the collection with a look at what the Early Church Fathers --often cited for support in putting billions of years into Genesis-- really taught about these first three chapters of the Scriptures. The result will surprise many who have assumed Christians throughout the ages didn't put any emphasis on the literal qualities of the Creation narrative.
Chapters 2, 5, and 8 deal with hermeneutical issues in reading Genesis 1-11. A general overview of the chapters is given, an overview of modern ways of reading this section, the genre of the section is discussed, and a very targeted examination of the framework approach to reading these chapters is provided. Taken together, these chapters form a strong spine for the thesis that "deep time" simply cannot be embedded in Genesis, a point made clearly in chapter 7.
Richard Mayhue, in chapter 4, deals with the relationship between nature and the Scriptures.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book goes into Genesis 1-11 and tries to give an answer against all the arguments for not accepting the literal meaning of these chapters. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Beertje
Mortenson and Ury have put together an excellent review of the historical and theological background on the young earth creation viewpoint. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevlar
Scholarly, Faithful, Thorough, Creative, Proleptic, Fair, Unanswerable. God is right even if 100% of the Scientists, Academics, Publishers, Advertisers, Best Sellers List, and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ted Lindbeck
First let me say that I have read this book cover to cover and made notes and highlights in it. I did not skim it or rush through it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by CSUF BA; HIU MEd
I give it two stars instead of one because I appreciate the effort. I started having trouble at the very beginninig. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gene
The author supports the biblical account of creation and responds to many other theories. I found it very helpful in preparation for teaching.Published on January 13, 2014 by Bob
Fourteen scholars argue in favor of a six-day creation, global flood, and young earth. Genesis 1-11 is defended as literal history. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Vic Reasoner
Very informational and a good addition to my library of books in a similar vein. Haven't read it thru as yet but it hasn't disappointed so far.Published on November 27, 2012 by Kalani