Jonathan Sarfati interviews Old Testament scholar Dr Robert McCabe

Robert V. McCabe, M.Div., Th.M., Th.D., earned his Th.D. degree at Grace Theological Seminary in 1985 in Old Testament Languages and Literature. He joined the faculty of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 as head of the Old Testament department, and he became Registrar in 1987. One of the OT classes he teaches at DBTS is Biblical Creationism, and he has conducted several seminars on biblical creation in local churches in the Detroit area.

I first heard about Dr Bob McCabe upon seeing a very thorough defence of a straightforward understanding of Genesis, including in-depth studies of the original Hebrew.1 So I was happy that he consented to be interviewed. The first question was the obvious one: why is Genesis important? Dr McCabe explains:

“Genesis is the foundation for the remaining 65 books of the Bible. It reveals a number of subjects that have an impact on people of all ages: God’s existence; His goodness in creating the heavens, the earth and all things in both over the space of six, consecutive normal days; His direct creation of His divine image bearers, the first human beings Adam and Eve, on Day 6; His appointment of Adam as vice-regent over creation; the Fall of Adam along with the resultant Curse on the created order; the global Flood in Noah’s day; the tower of Babel; and the birth of the Israelite nation.”

Authority issue

But despite this, it’s no secret that many in today’s church deny that Genesis is history. Dr McCabe explains that this has nothing to do with a sound understanding of the Bible, but is due to intimidation because “modern ‘scientific’ opinion with its ‘deep time’ assumption informs us that the earth is billions of years old.” The danger is that “there are two conflicting sources of authority for modern evangelicals: ‘science’ and the Bible.” Indeed, Dr McCabe notes that leading progressive creationist Dr Hugh Ross,2who believes that the days of Genesis 1 were millions of years long, is a good example. He says that Ross is very up-front that “he views ‘science’ as having an equal level of authority with the Bible,” and even “refers to ‘science’ as the ‘sixty-seventh book’ of the Bible”3 and as “dual” revelation to the Bible.4….

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