Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
ATJ 22 (1990) p. 74
David Hocking, The Rise and Fall of Civilization: From Creation through the Flood, Portland, OR: Multnomah 157 pp., $8.95, 1989
David Hocking, senior pastor of Calvary Church in Santa Ana, California, will be known to many as the speaker on the broadcast “The Biola Hour.” In a style of writing suitable for a broadcast to the general Christian public, Hocking here looks at issues arising from Genesis 1–9.
The book starts with a brief introduction in which he accepts without serious argument the Mosaic authorship of all but the final verses of the Pentateuch. Hocking asks about the relationship between science and Scripture and rightly accepts that God’s “revelation in the universe cannot contradict His revelation in the written record of the Bible.” What he does not address here, though it is vital for this kind of study, is that fact that human interpretation of Scripture is not inerrant, so many who agree with the above statement do not necessarily agree with the interpretations used by Hocking.
Hocking divides the rest of the book into twelve chapters, presumably to fit into one quarter’s Bible study class. Many would find the book useful in this setting, especially since the exposition is readable and clear. A few observations on matters of interpretation could indicate Hocking’s perspective and so his suitability for the context of the reader of this review. He bases his exposition on the New King James Version, and in the first chapter argues against the ‘gap theory’ and for six, twenty four hour days of creation. Hocking proposed that dinosaurs were destroyed in the flood, woman was created in order to meet man’s needs (though “there is a certain interdependency” when the relationship is as God intended it), sexual fulfillment is good, but only within marriage, Satan was the cause of the fall, women’s pain in childbirth illustrates the coming tribulation, Cain’s rejected sacrifice was so because of a wrong attitude, sons of God (Gen 6:2) were most probably angels and that the flood was global.
There are a number of helpful observations in this popular level book, so it could well be considered for use by those who interpret Genesis in ways similar to Hocking.
David W. Baker
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James M. Boice, Genesis: An Expositional Commentary, 3 vols. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1982, 1988, 1988. $14.95 each.
Allen P. Ross, Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1988. 744 pp., $29.95.
Gordon J. Wenham,
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