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How could there be days in Genesis when the sun was not created until the fourth day?

Genesis 1:14-18: “And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.  God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.  God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.” At the end of each day of the creation, we read the phrase “evening and morning, … Read entire article »

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Are Genesis Chapters 1 & 2 contradictory?

Genesis Chapter 1 is a chronological order of events, starting with the first day of creation and ending on the seventh day of creation.  Each creative event is recorded for each of the days.  Genesis Chapter 2 is a summary of Genesis Chapter 1, and although it mentions what was created, the goal of that chapter is not to show the specific order of creation, but to instead give a summary of the creation, and then spend the rest of the chapter focusing on the creation of Adam and Eve.  The two chapters are not contradictory but complementary. … Read entire article »

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How long were the days in Genesis?

Before we begin, please read the article about the word “yom”.  This is one of the Hebrew words for “day,” and it was the word used during the Creation week in Genesis Chapter 1.  If you read through each day of the creation week, you will see that there are qualifying words to help determine the meaning of “yom.”  For example, on the second day of creation, the text reads: “And there was evening and there was morning, the second day” (Gen 1:8).  So when you have the word “day” accompanied by “evening,” “morning,” and an ordinal number (second), then this commands that the word mean a literal 24-hour period, just like we have today.     The word “day” occurs 2,031 times in the Old Testament, but why is it only questioned in … Read entire article »

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What was the Hebrew word used for “day” in Genesis Chapter 1?

There are twelve words in Hebrew that can mean “day,” but the word that was used when referring to the days in the Creation week was “yom.”      Ten of those twelve available words mean longer periods of time, but “yom,” when used in the context of Genesis, always means a literal 24-hour day.  You can learn more about this word in the Strong’s Concordance (#3117).  For more information, see the article “How long were the days in Genesis?”   … Read entire article »

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How old is the Earth according to the Bible?

The age of the Earth is important to know, and we can calculate the age by using the Bible.  Generally speaking, from Adam to Abraham, there was a time span of about 2,000 years.  From Abraham to Jesus, there was another 2,000 years.  Finally, from Jesus’ birth to the present, we have another 2,000 years.  Adding all of these times together equals to 6,000 years of Earth history (granted, this is not the exact age). We know that there were 7 literal days during the week of Creation.  If we count the genealogies  in Genesis Chapters 5 and 11 along with other historical events from the Old Testament, we can calculate the age of the Earth to be between 6,000 and 10,000 years old.  There are some discrepancies with ages based … Read entire article »

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How Long were the Days of Genesis?

This question can be answered by going back to the original language that Genesis was written in: Hebrew. The Hebrew word for “day” in Genesis Chapter 1 is “yom” (Strong’s #3117). We know that in English, day can have multiple meanings even in the same sentence. For example “Back in my father’s day, it took 12 days to cross the country in a day.” Each “day” means a different time frame that we can understand from the context. So let’s apply that to Genesis using the Strong’s concordance. When “yom” is used in Genesis to describe each day, it is used along with the phrase “evening and morning” along with an ordinal number (1, 2, 3, etc.).  Adding these three qualifiers to the word “yom” insists that it means a … Read entire article »

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