Truth in the Text Part II – How Long is a Day?

…and there was evening and there was morning – the first day. (Gen 1:5)

Thy Word is true from the beginning… (Psalms 119:60)

If you read the book of Genesis for the first time, without any bias, you would understand the word ‘day’ to mean a 24 hour time period. There is no indication from the text that the word means a long geologic age or is symbolic in any way. We saw from Part I that ‘day’ is interpreted as times spanning millions of years. Is there a foundation for this?

Let’s take a closer look at the word ‘day’.

The Hebrew (original language of the Old Testament) word for ‘day’ in Genesis Chapter 1 is yowm or yom. It is used over 1400 times in the Old Testament and has several meanings that seem to be generally accepted:

a. the period of daylight as opposed to night
b. a 24 hour time period (the most common use of yom)
c. a period of time of unspecified duration
d. a specific point in time
e. a year Continue reading

Truth in theText Part I – Is the Age of the Earth Important?

This is a great place to start this series on understanding Genesis. The age of the earth takes us to Page 1, to “the beginning.” I would guess the first chapter of the first book of the Bible is the most controversial within the church itself and has certainly provoked debate beyond the walls of Christianity. The creation text is accepted literally, outright denied and custom molded for every belief between these two extremes. Ask a handful of random people how old our planet is and you get a handful of answers. It’s the same among professing Christians and between denominations.

Does it matter that there is no consensus?  Can we agree to disagree? Is this a question that we can even answer? We’ll get to that in a minute. First, let me define the most prominent categories of thought on the matter. The terminology comes from books/articles I’ve read. You can Google these terms for more extensive information. Continue reading