The 24 hour "evening and mornings" ???

Michael Hildenbrand hildenbr at Haas.Berkeley.EDU
Tue Aug 29 13:08:05 EDT 2000

The term "rule" is pretty good for a translation for lememshelet.  
Perhaps "govern."  In either case, a ruler or governor comes into an
already existing realm, i.e. the the days and nights already existed.  
They are there to mark the times seasons, etc.  They are to be "signs"
(l'orot) and seasons (mo'adyim) and for days and years.  Their purpose is
"for" (le) these things, not to create them, but for them.  These items
have a separate existence.


 On Tue, 29 Aug 2000, Bill Ross wrote:

> <Bill>
> Is the reading that the sun was to "rule" correct? If so, this is different
> from "measure". Hence, if the sun is to "rule" it is to dictate a day and a
> night. If so, the reign began on the fourth day.
> I don't, for a minute, believe in an evolutionary origin of man and believe
> the Genesis account is accurate, but I feel strongly that it is vain to
> "prove" or "disprove" a 24 hour day from the text.
> I do think that the latter days were clearly 24 hours, so there is no
> compatibility with a kazillion year evolution of man from apes and Genesis.
> Bill Ross
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