Last Things First: Unlocking Genesis 1-3 with the   Christ of Eschatology  -     By: J.V. Fesko
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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, John 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.
About J V Fesko Dr. J. V. Fesko is an Adjunct Professor in Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. His Ph.D. in Theology is from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He has a MA in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX and a BA from Georgia State University. In addition to teaching at RTS, Dr. Fesko is the pastor at Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia.

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Number of Pages: 222
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Publication Date: 2007
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ISBN-13: 9781845502294
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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, John 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.

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J. V. Fesko is Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary in California.

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This rigourous application of a Christ centered interpretative method should be emulated in all of our studies of Scripture.
"The book is an informative, instructive and enlightening read for anyone interested in God's work of salvation. It is stimulating and pregnant with ideas for those engaged in preaching the good news. I would recommend the book highly."
The eschatological is an older strand in revelation than the soteric (Geerhardus Vos). Last Things First explores this insight, fundamental for a sound overall understanding of Scripture, with valuable insights of its own. With an extensive awareness of and reference to relevant literature, it addresses in a stimulating fashion issues that bear on such basic biblical themes as God's purposes in creation, the relationship between creation and redemption, and the work of Christ. While there is room to disagree at points, anyone interested in the biblical basis for covenant theology will read Fesko with great profit.

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    Dr. Fesko's book "Last Things First,"I would classify as "novelty theology." Fesko had an idea and tried to prove it using scripture. His thesis about a garden-temple in Eden is based mostly on conjecture and assumptions. According to Fesko, the literal interpretation of Genesis 1-3, generally accepted by the Reformed community, which includes Calvin and Luther, is wrong (page 22). Apparently it is impossible to interpret these chapters correctly without the book of Revelation and Dr. Fesko's help. It had to be a major and permanent change (page 32). Eden went up on a mountain based only on a difficult passage in Ezekiel 28 (page 59). Adam was declared not to be a farmer attending God's vegetable garden (page 75), but a mountaineer-priest. God's garden became a garden-temple with Adam as priest. But Fesko does not explain how this all works. Was there a building on the mountain? What were Adam's duties as priest? Obviously there were no sin offerings. Thus we have a naked priest with his naked wife in the Eden temple. It is amusing how the garments of skin God provided at the time of their eviction from the garden, were considered to be priestly vestments. Eve got them too; does that make her a priestess? (page 72) However, my major objection to this book is that Fesko plays loose with scripture. The best example is on the back cover of the book where he declares that in the book of Revelation, Jesus is called "the last Adam." I trust that Dr. Fesko knows that this is incorrect. Did he add it for effect? Jesus is called "The last Adam" only in 1 Corinthians 15:45, definitely not in Revelation.
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