Sub-title: The Genesis Account Literal or Literary?
by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
240 pp (paper)
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The framework hypothesis or literary framework view has grown in acceptance as more readers of Scripture place “science” as the authority over the interpretation of God’s Word. By re-interpreting Genesis, this view encourages Christians to disregard the plainly declared timeline of creation (the majestic march of days of Genesis 1) and instead consider it as merely figurative or poetic rather than historical and accurate. Kenneth Gentry carefully defines the framework hypothesis, while tracing its historical origins and purpose. This provides a helpful introduction both for those who know the framework hypothesis as well as any hearing the term for the first time.
This important study:
1. Presents strong exegetical arguments for the six-day creation approach to Genesis
2. Illustrates the traditional interpretation of Genesis, a survey of exegetical arguments, and responses to alleged problems
3. Demonstrates the flaws in the framework argument.
This book provides in a simple but clear presentation the basic argument for a six-day literal interpretation of Genesis 1. It also explains and rebuts the framework hypothesis, which is a leading view in evangelical academic circles. This book is aimed at intelligent laymen, though with the academic reader in mind, with definitions of technical terms where they are necessary and Greek and Hebrew words transliterated.
As It Is Written is a superb defense of 6-day creation by one of the finest Bible scholars of our time. Dr. Gentry demonstrates that the text of Scripture is clear about the timescale of creation and that non-literalist views, such as the framework hypothesis, collapse under careful scrutiny
Jason Lisle, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Institute for Creation Research
With this book, Dr. Gentry has thrown down the gauntlet, especially for evangelicals, including Reformed and Presbyterian churches. This challenge confronts those views of the Genesis creation account that choose for the literary against the literal, for poetic metaphor instead of historical sequence. The arguments are lawyer-like in their cumulative force, and prophetic in their call to listen to the Bible's very text. The author has served us well with his clearheaded writing and broad-based defense of the traditional understanding of God's creation of the world in six sequential 24-hour days.
Dr. Nelson Kloosterman
Executive Director, Worldview Resources International
As It Is Written is a book that helps guide readers across the debate between the traditional, six-day creation view, and the framework hypothesis or literary framework theory, which attempts to create a bridge between the Genesis account and modern secular science. Kenneth Gentry provides a detailed analysis and powerful refutation to the arguments in favor of the framework hypothesis, while clarifying the exegetical reasoning to defend the literal interpretation of these passages of Genesis. Clear, concise, and thought-provoking!
Dr. Kevin Clauson
Vice-President of Academics, Bryan College
Kenneth Gentry provides a powerful response to the revisionist views of the Genesis creation narrative that arose as rebuttals to evolutionist attacks on Scripture. As it Is Written is a succinctly documented, logically flowing work for the layperson and scholar alike, focusing on the issues of the foundational truth of God’s Word from the first pages, and defending their literal nature over the literary structure that others are trying to impose. These are subjects of great concern, with a growing number of well-meaningbiblical scholars yielding to the temptation to submit Scripture to a modernist view of science rather than letting its authority stand on its own.
Dr. Geoff Downes
Forest Quality, Tasmania, Australia
Dr. Kenneth Gentry has taken a scholarly approach in dealing with the subject of creation as expressed in Genesis 1. This book, As It Is Written, is designed in particular to contrast the differences between the “Framework Hypothesis” interpretation of the Genesis account in light of a “Literal six, twenty-four hour Creationist” interpretation. Dr. Gentry masterfully explains the theories, concedes areas of agreement in order to rightfully present each view faithfully and establish the objectionable areas of conflict that are key to understanding Genesis 1. This polemic is designed to reject that system of interpretation which allows for reconstructing various texts to support alternative renderings of the Geneses account that rejecting a literal six day, twenty-four hour interpretation which is the historical orthodox view of Genesis, especially as maintained in the historical church based on the grammatico-historical method of interpretation. This book is a must-read by scholars, pastors, students, and laymen alike. If there is one book you need to read in a time when the literal interpretation of the Scripture, and in particular Genesis 1, has come under attack, this is that book!
Dr. Kenneth G. Talbot
President, Whitefield Theological Seminary
Posted by James McMaster (Ireland) on 4th Aug 2016
I have to say that this is a fantastic book! I had been looking forward for quite some time to getting it, as 'the framework interpretation' is a hot button issue for me. I studied at two theological colleges and at both, the lecturers were 'framework' guys.
Your work really is a brilliant book which lived up to all my expectations so many thanks for that.
I do hope that my few words will encourage others to buy your book which really does deserve to be read widely! Hope to get my hands on some more of your stuff soon.
Posted by A J MacDonald Jr on 24th Jun 2016
Dr. Gentry dismantles the Framework Hypothesis in "As It Is Written". It's sad a book like this has to be written. And, no doubt, Dr Gentry (and all who agree with him) will be ridiculed as "science deniers" for holding to what the Bible says in Genesis chapter one. But that's okay, because I suppose anyone who believes Jesus rose from the dead is considered a "science denier", too. It's time to stand fast in the faith and to stand firm on the Bible. Dr Gentry helps us to do just that with his well researched and well written defense of the literal six day creation.
Posted by David Eades on 10th Apr 2016
Helpful, informative, and an important work in today's church because of the propensity of the American church to give in on the erosion of the first chapters of the Bible.
Posted by J. Valdez on 6th Apr 2016
I just wanted to tell you that I read your new book and I loved it! You did an amazing job laying out the YEC position and debunking the Framework Hypothesis!
I just presented a paper this weekend in defense of YEC at the International Society of Christian Apologists in their annual mtg in Toccoa Fall, GA. The topic of the paper was: SHOULD YOUNG EARTH CREATIONISM HAVE A PLACE AT THE TABLE? In it I included a section where I summarized your Exegetical case for YEC. It was very well recieved.
I highly recommended your book! In addition, I would like to travel with your book and make it available as part of the resources we offer.
Posted by Shaun Snyder on 3rd Apr 2016
As I read this book, my discernment alarms, which were mainly shaped by Gentry's books on eschatology, were going off as much as reading a book on premillennialism or arminianism. However, I think we need to examine this Genesis issue very carefully in light of today's overwhelming evidence for an old universe. Remember, anything over 6,000 years old, is going to be declared 'bad science' by Young Earthers. It's embarrassing - literally. Although I disagree with the Young Earth approach, Gentry did a good job of examining the Framework Hypothesis method of interpretation. On the other hand, if we understand the perspective or Frame of Reference of the creation narrative, then we will understand the revelation of the events which are accurately given in sequential days in the order they actually occurred. The progressive creation of the universe parallels the progressive historical redemptive plan of Scripture. If you believe this, then you might call yourself a Progressive Postmillennialist. Please reference Navigating Genesis (Dr. Hugh Ross) for your creationism and Navigating the Book of Revelation (Dr. Gentry) for your eschatology.
Posted by L. Dunn (Texas) on 8th Mar 2016
I just finished reading Dr. Ken Gentry’s latest book “As It Is Written”. Dr. Gentry has the gift of making complex theology simple and easily understood. “As It Is Written” dismantles the Framework Hypothesis and gives a sure biblical and intellectual foundation to undergird our faith in the biblical account of a six (24-hour) day creation of all things. I highly recommend this book. Additionally, in 143 pages of easy reading, his recent book, “The Book of Revelation Made Easy”, is a must read. It makes the book of Revelation real and relevant. Finally, I cannot think of a book that inspired me more than his previous book, “The Greatness of the Great Commission”. I invite you to read one of Dr. Gentry’s books; you won’t stop with just one.