Re: Interesting contradiction in Genesis...

Chris Woodward (
26 Jan 1995 19:36:25 GMT

In article <3g7cf7$> (SftwreBuff) writes:
>Chris Woodward (PSY) ( wrote:
>> If God didn't create the sun until day 4, then how did He keep
>> track of days 1-3 (since a literal day was measured by the sun)?
>One of the common mistakes that we English-speakers make when translating
>anything is to assume that idioms and sayings have the same meaning in all
>languages. For instance, to say that you are hot or cold means that your
>ambient body tempurature is higher or lower than is comfortable. However,
>to translate this literally into German would be a statement to the hearer
>about your sexual readiness!
>In Genesis, Moses saw that God performed a certain amount of labor, or
>perhaps a type of labor. Then, having finished that, God paused and moved
>on to something else. For lack of a better way of explaining this, Moses
>interpreted these breaks as "days". So, in essense, what we read as days,
>was merely seven different work periods, not literal days.
>Keep questioning, though. It's the best way to expand your knowledge.

Actually, I already knew that. I was trolling to see who would answer...
hoping to snare a YEC. There are other things that put Moses' author-
ship of the Pentateuch in doubt, not the least of which is that it con-
tains an account of Moses' own death...

[ Chris Woodard, M.A. ]
[ Anheuser-Busch Chair of Computational Theology ]
[ University of Ediacara ]
[ "Open-mindedness is not synonymous with blind gullibility." ]