Did God Really Take Six Days?

Did you know there are many commentaries by liberal theologians who quite openly admit in print, that the text of Genesis does certainly state that God created in six days? They then usually go on to tell us why they can't accept it. Consider the commentaries by H. E. Ryle, 'Commentary of the Scriptures', or the 'Westminster Commentary', or the wellknown 'International Critical Series' by J. Skinner, or S. R. Driver's comments in the famous commentary by Brown, Driver and Briggs, or even Gesenius' 'Hebrew Lexicon'.

There is also a rather long list of so called evangelicals who admit that Genesis says six days, but they then water down the issue, rather than face up to it. Included in this list is Jamieson, Fausett and Brown, in 'Speaker's Commentary', 1871, by Dod's 'Expositor's Bible'. They try to argue that the Hebrew was talking about six allegorical days or metaphysical events. The same dilemma is seen by the Hebrew scholar and liberal theologian, James Barr, who said: "So far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew, or the Old Testament, at any worldclass university who does not believe that the writer(s) of GENESIS chapter 1, verses 1-11, intended to convey to their readers the ideas that: (a) Creation took place in a series of six days, which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience; (b) The figures contained in the Genesis genealogies provided, by simple addition, a chronology from the beginning of the world up to later stages in the biblical story; and (c) That Noah's flood was understood to be worldwide and extinguish all human and animal life, except for those in the ark."

James Barr made these comments in a personal letter to David Watson on April 23rd, 1984. He went on further to say: "To put it negatively, the apologetic arguments which suppose the "days" of creation to be long eras of time, the figures of years not to be chronological, and the flood to be a merely local Mesopotamian flood, are not taken seriously by any such professors, as far as I know. The only thing I would say to qualify this is, that most such professors may avoid much involvement in that sort of argument and so may not say much explicitly about it one way or the other. But I think what I say would represent their position correctly."

Source: 'Creation Ex-Nihilo', Volume 9, No.1, Page 28