Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book: Biblical Portraits of Creation

This week’s book is brought to you by Cross-Focused Reviews. As always, a free book was provided in exchange for the review.

I was not quite certain what to expect with Biblical Portraits of Creation. On the one hand, I thought it would be a look at evidences of Creation, but on the other hand I thought I might present some internal Biblical commentary on Creation. This was definitely more of the latter.

First, let us take a peek at organization. The meat of this work is twelve chapters that highlight a specific Biblical description of God’s work in Creation. These are laid out semi-sermonically, with outlines and key words, as well as fully developed explanations. A specific passage is examined by one of the two authors, either Walter Kaiser or Dorington Little, and these provide an insight into seeing God’s work in creation.

Second, let us consider the underlying assumptions here. As Kaiser works through in the appendix addressing the literary form of Genesis 1-11, the assumption here is that the Creation account is to be taken as historical narrative above any other genre. That is, while there is room for hyperbolic and symbolic expression in these chapters, overall they should be understood as recounting actual history rather than legend. This is not a fault, but is simply the reality.

Third, let us ponder the value of this study. Kaiser and Little present to the reader the glory of God in Creation. Without getting into the finer details of defending or explaining Creation scientifically, they focus on the Scriptural concepts and praises of God for His work. This is a different approach, and it brings the value to this book. I have often seen books and articles that point out the value of Creation for doctrine, that point out the science or logic behind the accounts. This one draws forth the praise to God due from His work.

That sums up the value. I find this a helpful look at passages ranging from Genesis 1 to Psalm 104, from 2 Corinthians 5 to Isaiah 65. Well worth your time.

Free book in exchange for the review.

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