Gen 2:4

Dave Washburn dwashbur at
Mon Aug 14 10:20:58 EDT 2000

>   I was wondering about Gen 2:4 in relation to Gen 1. Gen 1 gives the 
> chronological sequence of the creation account as six days. Gen 2:4 makes 
> reference to "in the day" (BYoM) that God created the heavens and the earth. 
> It seems to capsulize the whole creation into one day. I also noticed a 
> number of translations render the phrase "In the day" as "at the time" 
> (Goodspeed, Moffatt, Jerusalem Bible) Is the contrast between 6 days in Gen 
> 1 and the mention of "in the day" (singular) a result of the dual authorsip 
> of Gen 1 as the work of the Elohist editor and the Gen 2:4 reference the 
> work of the Priestly editor or simply an acceptable literary device? Any 
> comments would be appreciated. Many thanks.

It simply shows the flexibility of the word YOM.  This is just one of 
many instances where it doesn't necessarily mean a 24-hour 
period, but simply refers to an undefined period of time.  A short 
study of the word will demonstrate this easily.  It's not necessary 
to resort to various authorships, redactions or literary devices; it's a 
simple matter of semantics, i.e. the meaning of the word.

Dave Washburn
"Éist le glór Dé."

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