• Seven Days That Divide the World, 10th Anniversary Edition

  • The Beginning According to Genesis and Science
  • By: John C. Lennox
  • Narrated by: Justin Brierly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Now revised and updated - John Lennox's acclaimed method of reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture.

What did the writer of Genesis mean by "the first day?" Are the seven days in Genesis 1 a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old as cosmologists believe, am I denying the authority of Scripture? 

With examples from history, a brief but thorough exploration of the major interpretations, and a look into the particular significance of the creation of human beings, Lennox suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful to the biblical narrative. He moves beyond a simple response to the controversy, insisting that Genesis teaches us far more about the God of Jesus Christ and about God's intention for creation than it does about the age of the earth.

With this book, Lennox offers a careful and accessible introduction to a scientifically savvy, theologically astute, and scripturally faithful interpretation of Genesis.

Since its publication in 2011, this book has enabled many listeners to see that the major controversy with which it engages can be resolved without compromising commitment to the authority of Scripture. In this newly revised and expanded edition, John clarifies his arguments and responds to comments and critiques of the past decade since its first publication. In particular, he describes some of the history up to modern times of Jewish scholarly interpretation of the Genesis creation narrative as well as spelling out in more detail the breadth of views in the Great Tradition of interpretation due to the early Church Fathers. He shows that, contrary to what many people think, much of the difficulty with understanding the biblical texts does not arise from modern science but from attempting to elucidate the texts in their own right.

©2011, 2021 John C. Lennox (P)2021 Zondervan

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Great, I think, but first

I just started this book but it seems great so far and I love everything else I have heard from John Lennox. But this book is kind of famous so now I am kind of famous because I am the first one reviewing this. Yay. Thank you John Lennox!

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Awful Narration

Please get someone else to read this book -- I'd buy it. Maybe John Lennox himself. I have great difficulty concentrating on the narrative rather than the narrator's annoying voice. He tries much too hard to make his voice "conversational".

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Great reasons for God & Science

I like the scientific reasoning but I'm not impressed with the narration, probably just in me though. The speaker is clear and easy to understand.

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  • Steven Davis
  • 01-15-22

Another helpful and updated contribution

Very grateful to John Lennox (and Zondervan) for his 10th Anniversary Edition. Lots to continue to think about and consider. A re-read is necessary but only to fine tune understanding, as it is a work that is written at the grasp of those who want to be informed but are given a real shot at comprehending. thanks to the author, John and the narrator, Justin for his presentation which enhanced the whole. Very very helpful.