For Deeper Study On The Genesis Flood..,

by Douglas Hoff


Last Wednesday brother Jim Stevenson was unable to be here because of work.  Ten minutes before class time the elders asked me to teach the adult class on Genesis.  We jumped right in and finished up chapters seven and eight. If you were in the class you will recall I recommended several good books for further study on some of the aspects of Noah’s Flood that might normally be overlooked in a Bible class.  Afterwards brother Jeff Wohltman asked me to provide the titles and publishing information so it could be put in the bulletin.  That way everyone can have the information written down for easy access at a more convenient time. Thanks for the great suggestion Jeff!


Books written by members of the Lord’s church:


The Book Of Genesis: Foundational Truths And The Unfolding Of God’s Plan Of Redemption, ed. Curtis A. Cates (Memphis, TN: Memphis School of Preaching, 2001), 1062 pages, hardback, 59 chapters by various authors. Price: $18.00; order from the Memphis School of Preaching bookstore (901) 751-8058.


Curtis A. Cates, The Noahic Flood: Science And “The World That Was” (Memphis, TN: Cates Publications, 1994), 112 pages, paperback. Order from the Memphis School of Preaching bookstore (901) 751-8058 or other brotherhood bookstore like Good News Enterprises: (800) 472-9660 or Christian Family Bookstore: (800) 782-8175.


Bert Thompson, The Global Flood of Noah, revised ed. (Montgomery, AL: Apologetics Press, Inc., 1999), 59 pages, paperback. Order from Apologetics Press: (800) 234-8558. Web site: www. Apologetics  E-mail to Mail @ApologeticsPress,Qrg.


Other books written by those with respect for the Bible’s Inspiration:


Joseph C. Dillow, The Water Above: Earth’s Pre-Flood Vapor Canopy, (Chicago: Moody, 1982). This book is cited in The Noahic Flood by Cates (see above).


John C. Whitcomb, Jr., The World That Perished (Grand Rapids, Ml: Baker Book House, 1973), 155 pages, paperback.


Byron C. Nelson, The Deluge Story In Stone: A History of the Flood Theory of Geology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1968), 190 pages, paperback.


John Woodmorappe, Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study (El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 1996), 302 pages, paperback. Order from Institute for Creation Research: (800) 628-7640 or Apologetics Press: (800) 234-8558 ($21.95 plus shipping in the 2002 catalog).


John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris, The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications (Grand Rapids, Ml: Baker Book House, 1961), 518 pages, paperback. Order from Apologetics Press: (800) 234-8558.


John C. Whitcomb, The Early Earth (Grand Rapids, Ml: Baker Book House, 1972), 143 pages, paperback.


Also, I made the remark in the class that one of the Psalms implies the up thrusting of the mountains as the flood waters receded.  At the time I could not find the exact passage but (of course) found it right after class was over.  Here it is:


(Ps. 104:5-9; NKJV) You who laid the foundations of the earth, So that it should not be moved forever, (6) You covered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters stood above the mountains. (7) At Your rebuke they fled; At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away. (8) They went up over the mountains; They went down into the valleys, To the place which You founded for them. (9) You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth.


The context of the passage makes it clear it is referring to the Flood of Noah’s day.  Notice verse seven indicates God’s power was at work in causing the waters to recede.  Where did all the water go?  According to verses eight and nine the waters went to the place which God had prepared for them.  God even set a boundary for the water so that it would never again return to cover the whole earth.  The American Standard Version of 1901 translates verse eight thus: “(The mountains rose, the valleys sank down) Unto the place which thou hadst founded for them.”  The psalmist revealed that the boundary was formed as the mountains rose and the valleys sank down.  This is exactly what would be necessary for water no longer to cover all the mountain tops to a depth of fifteen cubits (about 23 feet)!