Young-Earth Creationism Commentaries

Bible commentaries that teach young-earth creationism are listed below, including volumes on Genesis, Job, and Revelation.

In Christian theology, young-earth creationism holds that God directly and purposefully created the earth 6,000 to 10,000 years ago.

Young-earth creationism interprets the word “days” in Genesis 1 as consecutive 24-hour periods of time, as opposed to eons of time.

This position is often contrasted with Old Earth creationism, The Gap Theory, theistic evolution, Darwinian evolution, and any interpretation of the Genesis 1 that understands the description as mere literature, such as poetry.

Genesis (Focus on the Bible) by Richard P. Belcher, Jr.

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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “These commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. Many of the authors of the commentaries are leading expositors of God’s Word on their speciality subjects. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.”

The Genesis Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings by Henry M. Morris

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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: “A prolific and influential scholar known to believers and skeptics alike as “the father of modern creation science,” Dr. Henry M. Morris truly was a man of science and a staunch man of God. He was even said to have set the terms of debate about evolution for the second half of the 20th century by one Pulitzer Prize-winning academician. Dr. Morris began his serious study of the Bible in the 1930s and authoring books in the 1940s, but it was his landmark work, co-authored with Dr. John Whitcomb, titled The Genesis Flood in 1961 that influenced generations to begin discovering the fallacies of evolution and the biblical truth of creation.”

The Revelation Record by Henry M. Morris

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Purpose: “Years of Bible study and research by a specialist in hydrology and geology have resulted in an excellent commentary with a scientific approach to the book of Revelation.”

The Remarkable Record of Job by Henry M. Morris

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Purpose: Far from being an engaging fable, the account of Job in the bible is one of the most historically and scientifically accurate records of the ancient world. Perhaps the oldest book in the Bible, the book of Job touches on many subjects of science and history. This commentary on the controversial Book of Job is very different from most of the seminary and church teachings so prevalent today, for it attests to the historicity of a man named Job who understood at the end of his life that God cannot be “figured out,” but He can most certainly be trusted.”

Commentary on Genesis by C. F. Keil and Franz Delitzsch

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About the author: “Carl Friedrich Keil (1807 – 1888) and Franz Delitzsch (1813 – 1890) were conservative German Lutheran Old Testament scholars whose commentary on the Old Testament has remained a classic for well over a century.”

Creation: A Critical And Devotional Commentary On Genesis 1-2 by Martin Luther

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Purpose: “It is a treasure more precious that gold, containing inestimable riches of holy thoughts, so that some have rightly judged that this is the best of all Luther’s books. One is really amazed at the almost incredible gifts of Luther to explain the holy Scriptures so critically and clearly without any great effort. He studied the greatest expounders of the Bible. He was little concerned about his words and style and dictated nothing, and the same thoughts he uttered on other occasions in different words, for he was never in want of words.”

Genesis (Crossway Classic Commentary) by John Calvin

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Purpose: “John Calvin (1509-64), the French theologian and pastor of Geneva, was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers.”

More Books on Young Earth Creationism

The Quest for the Historical Adam: Genesis, Hermeneutics, and Human Origins by William Vandoodewaard

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From the publisher: “In The Quest for the Historical Adam, William VanDoodewaard recovers and assesses the teaching of those who have gone before us, providing a historical survey of Genesis commentary on human origins from the patristic era to the present. Reacquainting the reader with a long line of theologians, exegetes, and thinkers, VanDoodewaard traces the roots, development, and, at times, disappearance of hermeneutical approaches and exegetical insights relevant to discussions on human origins. This survey not only informs us of how we came to this point in the conversation but also equips us to recognize the significance of the various alternatives on human origins.”

Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth, editors Terry Mortenson and Thane H. Ury

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From the publisher: “Fourteen theological scholars address key topics related to the age of the earth, which is the crucial issue of debate in the church today regarding origins. Bringing to bear rigorous biblical, theological, and historical arguments in favor of a six-day creation, the global Flood, and a young earth, they also provide much-needed critiques of a number of contemporary old-earth interpretations of the book of Genesis.”

Searching for Adam: Genesis & the Truth About Man’s Origin by Dr Terry Mortenson

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From the publisher: “Though there are a growing number of books out on Adam, this one is unique in its multi-author combination of biblical, historical theological, scientific, archaeological and ethical arguments in support of believing in a literal Adam and the Fall. A growing number of professing evangelical leaders and scholars are doubting or denying a literal Adam and a literal Fall, which thereby undermines the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Last Adam, who came to undo the damaging consequences of Adam’s sin and restore us to a right relationship with our Creator.”

Earth’s Catastrophic Past: Geology, Creation, and the Flood by Andrew Snelling

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From the publisher: “An alarming number of Christian leaders and teachers believe that God “created” through evolutionary processes over millions of years, that Adam and Eve descended from a hominid population, and that there has never been a global flood. Step-by-step, Dr. Snelling examines evolutionary interpretations of the geologic record and deconstructs that misplaced assumptions and conclusions on which those interpretations are based. By the end of Earth’s Catastrophic Past, readers will have their faith restored in Genesis as real, literal history, and be convinced that the scientific evidence, correctly discerned and applied, is indeed consistent with God’s record of our origins and history found in Genesis 1-11.”

The Battle for the Beginning by John MacArthur

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From the publisher: “Many Christians who claim to believe that the Bible is God’s revealed truth seem willing to allow modern scientific theories to replace the Genesis account of creation. Such compromises present a conspicuous danger. Bible teacher and pastor, John MacArthur, believes that in Genesis 1-3 we find the foundation of every doctrine that is essential to the Christian faith?the vital underpinnings for everything we believe.  The Battle for the Beginning draws a clear line on today’s theological landscape. “Everything in Scripture that teaches about sin and redemption assumes the literal truth of the first three chapters of Genesis. If we wobble to any degree on the truth of this passage,” John MacArthur insists, “we undermine the very foundations of our faith.”

The Genesis Flood by John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris

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From the publisher: “Over fifty years ago, Henry Morris and John Whitcomb joined together to write a controversial book that sparked dialogue and debate on Darwin and Jesus, science and the Bible, evolution and creation—culminating in what would later be called the birth of the modern creation science movement. Now, fifty years, forty-nine printings, and 300,000 copies after the initial publication of The Genesis Flood, P&R Publishing has produced a fiftieth anniversary edition of this modern classic.”

Also see:

Best Genesis commentaries

Best Genesis commentaries for pastors

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