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  • Larry Wilson
    As far as let there be light goes, you have to use a little creative imagination of what is poetically going on here.   That is, light and precisely the
    Message 1 of 59 , Sep 30, 2010
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      As far as "let there be light" goes, you have to use a little creative
      imagination of what is poetically going on here.   That is, "light" and
      precisely the light we have that creates day and night is a precise distance
      from the sun.  Thus the earth could have been in a very dark place in the
      universe at the time.  It was the ideal planet for creating life.  So basically
      what the Genesis account is representing is the ASSEMBLY of the solar system. 
      That is, when God said "let there be light" the earth, already billions of years
      old was brought into proximity with this specially chosen sun, our sun and thus
      the light began to show on the planet and there was day and night meaning the
      earth was set in a rotation on exits axis.  This first process took 7000 years. 


      Likewise, other planets in the solar system were brought from distant parts of
      the universe and ASSEMBLED to create timekeeping visible from the surface of the
      planet. 


      Thus the age of the earth being billions of years old is not contradicted by the
      Bible.  It is perfectly possible for the earth to have been in a dark part of
      space before being brought into the proximity to this sun. 


      But there's another problem.  A trillion-year-old meteor could have fallen on
      the planet last week.  Does that mean the earth is a trillion years old, or the
      meteor?  So I don't see how the age of a meteor can reflect the age of the
      earth, only the age of the meteor. 


      I shy away from some of the exotic parts of the Bible and
      stick with some basic things relating to archaeology, like dating David and
      Solomon or the Exodus, etc.  That's more thangible than trying to figure out
      what happened in the Garden of Eden which nobody can prove or disprove at this
      point.  But, there is evidence of beautiful mankind on the planet who seem to be
      cursed with dying, so the Bible does offer an explanation for that, if one
      wishes to go for it. 

      Larry Wilson
      E. Texas, USA

       



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      From: JosefF <josefifriedman@...>
      To: AncientBibleHistory@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thu, September 30, 2010 9:39:53 AM
      Subject: Patriarchal Age [was: ABH Re: 4 Aris eclipses: The dating of the

       
      Hi Guys,

      Genesis 1 was written by the Priestly source around the time of Babylonian
      exile. Mark Smith considers it a commentary to Genesis 2 which was written
      earlier.
    • Ian Onvlee
      It does. After a Year, Noach is back to the date of the Flood, so as a
      Message 59 of 59 , Oct 6, 2010
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        <<A routine annual flood, which
        would be familiar to everyone, makes no sense here.>>

        It does. After a Year, Noach is back to the date of the Flood, so as a separate
        story concerning a full year, it is a repeatable story, every year. The
        Babylonians are known to have reenacted the Creation and Flood story every year
        during the Akitu festival. So there is nothing strange about a yearly incidence
        (or reenacting of such an incidence). Life is indeed recreated every year, and
        as a matter of fact, even every day.

        Regards,
        Ian Onvlee





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