The 24 hour "evening and mornings" ???

Michael Hildenbrand hildenbr at Haas.Berkeley.EDU
Tue Aug 29 17:02:18 EDT 2000

The problem, IMHO, is that folks want to find a way to "work into the
text" the eons of time necessary to coordinate modern day scientific
theories with what the Bible clearly communicates.  Thus the development
of the "day-age" theory, i.e. each day represents an "age" of time (or in
some cases a "revelatory time"), not a literal day.  This means that you
*can* wedge 5 billion years (or what ever) into the biblical text.  This
theory has a long history, but it is clearly out of step with the
linguistics of the passage.

 On Tue, 29 Aug 2000, Raymond de Hoop wrote:

> Shalom,
> What is the problem to accept that the narrator just was talking of a YOM
> in the sense he understood it, i.e. 24 hours? It does not imply that you
> have to *believe* it, it is just a way of telling things.
> Umberto Eco wrote his novel *The Name of the Rose" because he discovered
> that "things we can not talk about, we have to tell" (against Witgenstein).
> This rule can also be applied to most of the biblical narratives, and
> certainly regarding the primeval stories. In this narrative of three
> chapters the narrator could express much more truth than Darwin in his
> *Origin of the Species*, though the latter might have done more justice to
> a *scientific truth*.
> Raymond
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