The Genesis Record offers a scientific, devotional commentary on the complete book of Genesis written by a creationist scientist. Written as narrative exposition rather than a critical verse-by-verse analysis, this book is equally useful to both the theologically trained and the layperson.
Morris writes from the conviction that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are as truly historical as the remaining thirty-nine. This conviction is not based simply on faith, but on many years of study of the scientific aspects of the Genesis record as well as the interchange of ideas with many other scientists and theologians (both creationists and evolutionists). His logic is compelling in its affirmation of a young earth and universe and his elucidation on the worldwide Noahic Flood reflects his expertise in hydrology and geology.
The reader is conducted by a capable guide through the important corridors of Earth’s early history, providing the necessary background for understanding all of Scripture. More than thirty years of teaching Bible classes are reflected in the author’s insights into human character and his application of Biblical truths to life in the twenty-first century.
“The Book of Genesis is probably the most important book ever written.” (Page 17)
“ ‘The transcendent, omnipotent Godhead called into existence the space-mass-time universe.’” (Page 41)
“However, it is clearly used here in the singular, as the mighty name of God the Creator, the first of over two thousand times where it is used in this way. Thus Elohim is a plural name with a singular meaning, a ‘uni-plural’ noun, thereby suggesting the uni-plurality of the Godhead. God is one, yet more than one.” (Page 39)
“Not only does the first verse of the Bible speak of the creation of space and matter, but it also notes the beginning of time. The universe is actually a continuum of space, matter, and time, no one of which can have a meaningful existence without the other two. The term matter is understood to include energy, and must function in both space and time. ‘Space’ is measurable and accessible to sense observation only in terms of the entities that exist and the events that happen in space, and these require both matter and time. The concept time likewise is meaningful only in terms of entities and events existing and transpiring during time, which likewise require space and matter.” (Page 41)
“In like manner the term ‘earth’ refers to the component of matter in the universe. At the time of the initial creation, there were no other planets, stars, or other material bodies in the universe; nor did any of them come into being until the fourth day. The earth itself originally had no form to it (Genesis 1:2); so this verse must speak essentially of the creation of the basic elements of matter, which thereafter were to be organized into the structured earth and later into other material bodies.” (Page 41)
. . . an informative and thoroughly sound exposition of the Bible’s key book. . . can be read with genuine interest and profit. . . not only details the divine miracle of creation but also throws light on baffling passages. . .
—John D. Jess, Director, Chapel of the Air
. . . one of the very best commentaries. . . a narrative style that is most helpful to the reader. . . deals carefully with the exegetical problems. . . many 'extras' from the author’s fields of expertise. . .
—Charles C. Ryrie, Professor of Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary