[b-hebrew] Genesis 1:2 - And the earth was without form, and void
kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Apr 15 16:12:06 EDT 2006
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Kirk" <peter at qaya.org>
> It is a well known logical fallacy to argue that something is
> universally true on the basis of a rather small number of examples
These are all the examples that we have.
It is a greater logical fallacy to contradict the
examples we have without citing other examples to
back up our contradiction.
> of it being true, taken in this case from a limited corpus - even
> supposing it is true of every case in the corpus. Besides, this is
> poetic or semi-poetic language in which the meaning of words can
> always be stretched beyond their regular dictionary definitions.
Genesis 1 is prose, not poetic, not even semi-
poetic. It's as if God anticipated this argument
and made sure to write prose.
> Anyway, how about Zechariah 14:7, where the yom exad, is clearly
> the same yom as in v.6 and v.8 where the "day" embraces summer and
> winter and so is more than 24 hours long. And what about 2
> Chronicles 21:19, where yamim shenayim is often understood as "two
> -- Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
Zechariah 14:7 does not contradict what I claimed
before. Remember, a 24 hour day is measured by the
fact that there is a night and a day, but here
there is no night to bring on the next day.
As for 2 Chronicles 21:19, two years is the number
that modifies days as it is normally read, a
reading that does not contradict what I earlier
claimed. Or another reading is that the final two
days of his illness Jehoram's guts spilled out in a
horrible death. The second reading is what I think
is the more accurate one.
Karl W. Randolph.
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