Re: Interesting contradiction in Genesis...

Jerry Leonard (
26 Jan 1995 22:14:39 GMT (SftwreBuff) wrote:
> 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.

-I basically agree. Here is another interpretation. The creation
section in question is actually a poem consisting of two parallel
sets of 3 days.

The second set of days (4-6) in the second "verse" amplifies the first
set of 3 days (1-3) describing specific creations within the realms
(separations) created on its corresponding day in the first verse
(days 1-3). Each creation was an act creating order (light?) from
disorder (darkness), that is to say, going from darkness to light
and therefore completing a "day." (see below).

Day General Creation/Separation Day Specific Creations
within realm ofseparation

1 light from dark 4 Sun and Moon
2 water above from water below 5 Fish and Fowl
3 land from water 6 Seed(plants)/Seed(man)

7 Sabbath rest
Communion with God and His Creation

I think I have that right...

What do you think?