[b-hebrew] Yom in Biblical and Rabbinic Texts

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Oct 26 08:17:50 EDT 2005

On 26/10/2005 11:57, Yigal Levin wrote:

> ...
>In any case, a "creationist" would have to explain the first three "days", 
>before the creation of the sun.
This is a problem whether or not one believes in creation in a literal 
period of six times 24 hours. On the first "day" God created light and 
separated it from darkness, and the mention of "evening and morning" 
makes it clear that he already started a regular sequence of light and 
dark periods, called "day" and "night". But the sun was not created 
until later. Whether this was two days or millions of years later is 
immaterial. From verse 15 it is clear that the author knew that the sun 
was the source of daylight; nevertheless, he wrote that there was 
daylight before the sun was created. How can this apparent contradiction 
be resolved? It doesn't make any difference to interpret "day" either 
literally or non-literally.

One rather obvious suggestion is that the creation is viewed from a 
viewpoint on earth. At first, perhaps, the earth was covered by clouds 
(and geologists agree with this) so that the sun would not have been 
visible, but there would still have been day and night. Only later, on 
the third "day", the clouds cleared and the sun, moon and stars became 

Peter Kirk
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