[b-hebrew] Yom in Biblical and Rabbinic Texts

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Wed Oct 26 15:14:42 EDT 2005


Here's where we cross over from linguistics to theology.

Francis Schaeffer probably had the best answer, in his 
claim that while the Bible teaches true truth, it does not 
teach exhaustive truth.

A modern example, I can say "the car went down the 
road." While that is true, it does not say how fast, who 
drove it, whether it is a steam, electric or gas car, what 
color it is, and any number of other truths about the car 
going down the road.

Similarly, Genesis 1 states that there were days, 
linguistically the same as modern 24 hour days, before 
the creation of the sun. But it gives not a clue how that 
was accomplished. A humble exegete should simply admit that  
he does not know how there were days before the sun 
was created, just that the Bible records that such existed. 
Any answer as to how is simply speculation with a high 
probability of being wrong. The Bible records true truth, 
just not exhaustive truth.

As a linguist, I view my job as accurately describing what 
the text says, and leave the theology and speculation to 

Similarly, a creationist will not need to explain the days 
before the creations of the sun, unless he wants to 
become a philosopher, not a mere exegete.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
> In any case, a "creationist" would have to explain the first three "days",
> before the creation of the sun.
> Yigal

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