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

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Apr 14 09:56:28 EDT 2006


Doug:

There is nothing in the text itself that indicates 
that "day" when used with a number means anything 
else than the equivalent of a modern 24 hour day or 
the lighted portion thereof. The use of "day" in a 
non-numerical context can have other meanings, just 
as in English, but not in a numerical context. (If 
I say, "I plan to travel there in five days" I 
don't mean five years from now, or five ages, but 
within a week. The same in Biblical Hebrew.)

The picture we get in Genesis 1 is that God first 
created a cold, hard, lifeless, silent ball in 
space. He then added action and life to that ball, 
the first step was by making light (physical light 
is made by the action of atoms). Organic life came 
later.

The time of destruction was during the flood, 
Genesis 6 - 9, when only eight people and the land 
animals in the ark were saved from the waters. That 
is also when the mountains and hills shook and were 
moved from their places as in Psalm 18.

This is just what the text says. Not everyone on 
this list believes it, some believe other religions 
such as evolution. Some practice syncretism, where 
they try to combine different religions. The above 
is merely a discussion of the text.

Karl W. Randolph.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Revdpickrel at wmconnect.com
> 
> 
> HH,
> Jeremiah 4:23-26, says the earth became 'formless and void' because of His
> fierce anger.  I think something more is going on here then meets the eye.
> Another example 'yown' means a day, it also means an age or eons.  
> Am I correct?
> Since the sun and moon were created later in Genesis 'day first' might mean an
> undesignated amount of time, or a differant age.  I personally think heaven
> and earth was completed in full, with light, darkness, everything finished
> completely with life.  And then something happened that caused God 
> to become very
> angry and He came clothed in darkness as David sees in his vision, Ps 18.  I
> think we have a record of God renewing the face of creation in Genesis.
> 
> Doug.
> Rev. Doug Pickrel, Litt.D.
> Tejas Valley
> San Antonio, Texas

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