Now that the creation wars seem to have died down a bit, we thought that it would be interesting to revisit the subject of the Framework Interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2. Now that we don’t have to play defense as much, it seemed like a good time to give a positive presentation of the benefits of the Framework Interpretation, and to situate creation in the grand story that the Bible tells. To do this, we invited a special guest, our friend, Bill Baldwin to join us for the discussion. This episode is a little longer than most, but we think it’s well worth it.
Genesis 1 and 2
Wikipedia article about the Framework Interpretation
Hebrews 3 and 4
“Because It Had Not Rained” by Meredith Kline
“Because It Had Not Rained” Audio
2 Peter 3:8
“Space and Time in the Genesis Cosmogony” by Meredith Kline
“Space and Time in the Genesis Cosmogony” Audio
1 Kings 6
The Day of the Lord
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I just listened to this episode and I was very edified. I had never heard of the framework interpretation before so it was all new to me. I have always held (and still do) to a literal six day period for creation. One of the primary verses that keeps me from abandoning the literal interpretation for the framework interpretation is Exodus 20:11. When I read this, to me Moses is explicitly saying that God created the heavens and the earth “in six days.” I think if one tries to interpret “in six days” as “in six periods of unspecified time” then that would render Moses’s words as nonsensical. I’d love to read a response to this verse if you have the time, and I am definitely open to changing my thinking on this.
I really enjoy your podcast and I thank you for your time.