It has been both challenging and reinforcing to study the book of Genesis and to go back and see God’s creative power and wisdom through each of the creation days. I truly believe the opening chapters of Genesis are intended to build-up our faith and move us to worship the God who spoke all things into existence.
It’s always a challenge to try to crystalize a week’s worth of study into a forty-minute sermon. In the process of putting together what I will share on Sunday, much necessarily gets left out. So I thought I’d share with you some of the resources that have helped me in my study of Genesis so that if you are hungry for more, you can have some idea of where to begin. While the list below does not include all the resources I have used, these are what I would call the most helpful and trustworthy. When I say these resources are “helpful” I mean that that they are accessible and clear and by “trustworthy” I mean that they treat Genesis as actual history.
Creation and Change by Douglas F. Kelly – written in 1997 but revised and updated in 2015, Kelly’s work is part biblical commentary, part apologetic defense of creationism. It stands among the best, most helpful, most accessible works. If you read just one book on Genesis and creation, make it this one.
Studies in Genesis One by Edward J. Young – A small book that packs a big punch. This thin commentary covering only Genesis one comes from one of the leading Hebrew Scholars of his day. Although somewhat technical with frequent references to Hebrew, it is still very helpful and readable.
Creation and Blessing by Allen P. Ross – A helpful guide to understanding the overall flow of the book as well as many of the details. Ross also includes helpful guidance for those who would teach the book of Genesis to others.
The Battle for the Beginning by John MacArthur – a trusted work from a trusted author. MacArthur deals not only with the text of Scripture but also refutes many of the claims of naturalism and evolution. A very readable resource.
Coming to Grips with Genesis edited by Terry Mortenson and Thane H. Ury – Not so much a commentary as a collection of essays dealing with a variety of biblical, historical, and science-related issues.
Books on Creationism and Intelligent Design
Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome by Dr. J. C. Sanford – Dr. Sanford was a professor of genetic engineering at Cornell University for 25 years before retiring. In this important book, Sanford shows that the human genome is deteriorating due to genetic entropy, a universally agreed upon truth that flies in the face of the so-called “settled science” of the Primary Axiom of biological evolutionary theory. At the end of the book, Dr. Sanford clearly points the reader to Jesus not only as Creator but as Savior.
Darwin on Trial by Philip E. Johnson – Johnson is a graduate of Harvard University, was a law clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren and was the longtime professor of law at University of California Berkley. Johnson puts the main arguments for Darwinian evolution on the witness stand for cross-examination and finds them significantly wanting. Although Johnson is not a thoroughgoing literal creationist and is more aligned with Intelligent Design Movement, it is nevertheless a fascinating read.
Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe – Delving into the “irreducible complexity” of life’s biochemical systems, Behe presents a strong case against evolution and it’s cherishing of random events and in favor of intelligent design. Unfortunately Behe, a Roman Catholic, falls short of pointing us to just who this Designer may be.
Is Genesis History – Dr. Del Tackett of “The Truth Project” presents the arguments in favor of understanding and interpreting the opening chapters of Genesis as history and against the theories of evolution. Both the Film and Bible study resources are available for purchase.
Answers in Genesis – The apologetics and Creationism ministry of author and speaker Ken Ham with many helpful articles and resources. AIG is also the curators for the Creation Museum and the Ark Experience.