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About the Author

James B. Jordan, TH.M, D.Litt., is author of several books including Through New Eyes: Developing a Biblical View of the World, Judges: A Practical and Theological Commentary, and Crisis, Opportunity, and the Christian Future. He is Director of Biblical Horizons Ministries in Niceville, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press (December 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885767625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885767622
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am now translating this book into Japanese. It is aimed primarily at Evangelicals who affirm biblical inerrancy, yet also feel compelled to try to reconcile the Genesis creation account with the views of modern science. Older, discredited theories of this type -- the "Gap Interpretation" (or "Ruin-Reconstruction Interpretation": there is a gap of indeterminate time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2, during which the world of a presumed pre-Adamite race was destroyed and then rebuilt) and the "Day-Age Interpretation" (each "day" is actually a vast amount of time) -- are glossed over; instead Jordan focuses on some of the newer theories now in vogue or coming into vogue among Evangelicals, such as John Sailhamer's "Limited Geography Interpretation," which says that the Genesis creation account actually describes the creation of the land of Canaan, not the whole world. Other Evangelicals interacted with include Bruce K. Waltke, Meredith G., Kline, C. John Collins, Paul H. Seely, Mark Futato, and C. Lee Irons.
As the book's title makes clear, Jordan doesn't think such approaches -- that pit the literary features of Genesis 1 against the plain historical and narrative sense of the text -- are viable. Rather, he thinks the people of God have been correct all along (i.e., for the past 3,000 years) in interpreting Genesis 1 as referring to the creation of the entire universe in six consecutive 24-hour days. He covers all the theories contrary to the traditional reading that are currently popular among Evangelicals and shows how none of them stand up to close scrutiny.
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First Things has called James Jordan one of the greatest unknown theologians of the 20th century. In this book, Jordan sets about to look at the creation account in Genesis from a Biblical perspective. The subtitle says the book is a defense of the traditional view, but in actuality it is more of an offensive mounted against a number of the "alternative" theories floating around in more Reformed Evangelical circles like the framework hypothesis and others. He defends the traditional view in taking down these others and revealing that they cannot stand. The last few chapters are then his defense of how he views the first chapters of Genesis.

One of the most innovative and profound insights in the book is his point that the "framework hypothesis" and all the others drive a wedge between reality and literature. They assume that because Genesis is written in a literary pattern that it is therefore not historical. Jordan points out (correctly) that this is a subtle form of gnosticism, the hatred of the physical reality and the love of the ethereal. He then defends the creation account by pointing out the symbolism and narrative patterns, and shows how the God of the Bible is the sort of God who arranges history to run in symbolic patterns for us to find. Thus, he walks the narrow road between historical account (which we arrogant moderns assume has no literary or symbolic dimension) and literature (which we arrogant moderns assume has no historical or "true" dimension).

Simply a fantastic book. He is no fundamentalist, taking everything in a woodenly literal sense, something that I have found many creationists fall into. Instead, he shows the only perspective that does justice to history and to literature is the traditional, six-day creationist position.
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Jordan defends the traditional reading of the creation account with a command of biblical theology rarely encountered. But Jordan does more. He precisely and convincingly identifies exegetical errors in opposing positions. Moreover, he reveals the subtle influences of gnosticism and false assumptions of "science" which are behind modern interpretations. This is an outstanding contribution.--Rev.James Bordwine, Th.D. I highly recommend this book!
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By Marc on March 23, 2011
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I've been taking a class at my local Bible College and my Proff is a day age view creationist, he has had us reading a book by Roth, which is the day age view lined out. This view of creation threw me for a loop. My Pastor requested this book for me to read. I read his copy, and after i was finished I had to get one for myself. James Jordan deals with the text of scripture not what is the latest scientific fad, and I appreciate that. Although I have respect for what Roth is trying to do, he doesn't deal with the text as closely as Jordan does. After reading this book it settled the question in my mind.
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