[b-hebrew] Genesis 1:2 Tohu Bohu
George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Tue Jan 12 00:54:14 EST 2010
Let's be cautious in answering this folks, because it does touch on theological concerns. If you wish to reply, please remember that we are a forum discussing Hebrew language and literature.
For starters, Richard, I'd say that the Hebrew text makes no mention at all about the natural mechanics of what 'tohu wabohu' means. It simply states that 'tohu wabohu' was the state of affairs in the beginning. I highly doubt that the author had a sense of what you have described-a kind of apocalyptic ice-age dawn. However, I can't ultimately confirm that the author did NOT have that view either. So, to say more than that is, in my opinion, to venture into the realm of ideological argumentation. In other words, people's worldviews and thoughts about faith and science will inevitably shape the way this situation is interpreted.
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