[b-hebrew] Genesis 1:2 - And the earth was without form, and void

Revdpickrel at wmconnect.com Revdpickrel at wmconnect.com
Thu Apr 13 22:14:37 EDT 2006

In a message dated 4/13/2006 9:03:08 PM Central Daylight Time, 
hholmyard at ont.com writes:

> HH: Jeremiah 4:23-26 is figurative language and imagery associated with the 
> destruction of Israel in 587 B.C. It may report a vision Jeremiah saw that 
> portrayed that destruction. "Yowm" does not really mean age or aeon. With a 
> preposition it can have the idea of "when" or "at the time." Psalm 18 is 
> figurative language about a divine deliverance of David by God. The Bible sometimes 
> uses figurative language about the heavens to describe important events on 
> earth. We might talk of earthshaking events. The Israelites could think of 
> heaven-shaking events. I realize that this can sometimes be literal, but other 
> times it seems more figurative.
> I don't believe that Genesis 1 describes a renewing of the face of creation 
> but rather it depicts the original creation.
> Yours,
> Harold Holmyard


Yes, one could say that God was using figurative language.  That would 
explain away a lot of questions, but, Harold, it doesn't satisfy my questions.  If 
it does it for you then you're quenching your thirst.

Rev. Doug Pickrel, Litt.D.
Tejas Valley
San Antonio, Texas

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