Last Things First: Unlocking Genesis 1-3 with the Christ of Eschatology
Fesko, John V.
“So much literature on Genesis 1 to 3 is concerned either with outs relationship to science or else with its relevance for the male/female issue. This volume is refreshingly different and should be warmly welcomed, for Dr. Fesko leads us along a quite different path by interpreting these chapters in terms of Christ and the final consummation of God's purposes in him. There is so much here to stimulate the Christian reader and to move us towards a more Christocentric view of God's purpose for his universe.”See All
International Christian College, Glasgow, Scotland
“Many people would affirm the importance of the opening chapters of Genesis, but not all of them for the right reasons. John Fesko's work has the great virtue of considering not only many of the common controversial issues associated with Genesis 1’3, but also issues of equal and greater importance that are too often undervalued, such as the image of God, the covenant with Adam, and the way that the early chapters of Scripture point us to Christ and his redemptive work. Dr. Fesko takes his readers through much detailed, careful exegetical study while constantly reflecting on the broader theological ramifications of these fundamental biblical texts. The final result is a book that should stimulate reflection on a host of crucial matters, re’focus our impoverished views of Genesis 1’3, and reinforce the truth that Christ is the center of the Scripture.”See All
Westminster Seminary, California
“If beginnings are crucial for understanding the essence of something in the ancient Near East, which they are, then thankfully John Fesko has shown us how integrated and important protology is for our reading of Scripture and our theological constructions. In a work that is thoroughly covenantal, Fesko sets forth a well’reasoned argument to demonstrate that the patterns, themes, and imagery of protology keep reappearing in Scripture and those patterns have a definite eschatological goal: Christ our Lord is the penalty payer and probation keeper.”See All
Bryan D. Estelle
Westminster Seminary, California
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Table of Contents | Preface |Introduction
We think that we know the first three chapters of the Bible well — ‘Creation and the Fall–, we say, knowingly.
But have we ever stopped to consider that Jesus in the book of Revelation is called ‘the last Adam’ and the ‘Alpha & Omega?’ Should this make a difference to how we look at the first three chapters of Genesis?
Dr. John Fesko says that it does and that without seeing Christ and the end days, we cannot understand the first days.
Over the controversies that surround these first three chapters he says ‘there are many theologians who represent different schools of thought. Is there a better way to approach the opening chapters of Genesis in spite of the debate? The answer to that question is an unqualified, ‘Yes’... The way through the impasse is to interpret Genesis in the manner presented in the New Testament. More specifically, one must interpret Genesis 1-3 in the light of Christ and Eschatology.’
By doing this, he is able to explain this important portion of scripture from a holistic Christological viewpoint, one that is consistent throughout scripture. If you are tangled up on origins in Genesis then this may be your way through the maze.