But those who hold to the Framework view claim there is a different kind of parallelism in Genesis 1 that should lead us to conclude that Genesis 1 is not straightforward history.They say that days 1–3 describe the created space and days 4–6 discuss the creatures that fill those spaces, where day 1 is linked to day 4, day 2 to day 5, and day 3 to day 6.They insist that the age question is an unimportant and divisive side issue that we can leave to the scientists to determine.These influential evangelical scholars who followed Green, directly or indirectly, include B. Warfield (who in turn many recent evangelical theologians and others cite in support of their old-earth views being consistent with Scripture),12 Francis Schaeffer,13 Wayne Grudem,14 Millard Erickson,15 Walter Kaiser,16 Robert Newman,17 C.Of course, Green was not the first to reject the biblical chronology prior to Abraham.Most of the Church had accepted the millions of years at the beginning of the 19th century.Fourth, the eleven toledoths (“these are the generations of ”) sprinkled through Genesis tie the whole book together as a unit, and no truly evangelical Bible scholar doubts that Genesis 12–50 is history.Fifth, in every case that Jesus, New Testament authors, and Old Testament authors referred to the events in Genesis 1–11, they always treated the text as straightforward, literal history.
The heavenly bodies made on day 4 were placed in the expanse, which was made on day 2 (not day 1).
Christian leaders proposed the gap theory4 or the day-age view5 of Genesis 1 to accommodate all those years.
Other reinterpretations were developed in the 20th century, such as the revelatory day view,6 the framework view,7 the Promised Land view,8 the analogical day view,9 the day-gap-day-gap-day view,10 and the cosmic temple/functionality view,11 to name a few.
There are many more serious exegetical problems with the framework view.23 Third, Genesis 1–11 has the same characteristics of historical narrative as Genesis 12–50, most of Exodus, much of Numbers, Joshua, 1 and 2 Kings, etc.
Genesis 1–11 describes real people by name, real events in their lives, real places and geographical areas by name,24 real times (days, months, years25), etc.