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