Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Genesis, Creation, Light and Yahweh

The translation of Genesis 1:2 poses problems. Creationism vs. Evolution. I’m not going to get involved in the particulars of that power struggle, but a certain subset of Creationists called the “Gap Theorists” has happened upon something very interesting. They have noticed a problem with the traditional translations of Genesis 1:2 They contend, “A second “proof” put forth to substantiate the gap theory is the declaration that the word “was” in Genesis 1:2 should be translated “became.”. Might the correct translation of Genesis 1:2 be “And the earth became without form and void…”. Jeremiah, in his time, saw the earth become without form and void. (Jeremiah 4:23)

The beginning of Genesis is not about the creation of the world, in the Intelligent Design sense, but about God entering into relationship with humanity.

So this is my hypothesis regarding Genesis 1:1-2. I realize it will need quite a bit more documentation and expansion.

Proverbs 3:19-20 says:

19The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. 20By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

In light of Proverbs 3:19 should Genesis 1:1-2 be translated “With/By/In wisdom Elohim created the heaven and the earth. The earth became chaos and vacant and darkness was on the surface of the deep/chaos and the spirit of Elohim moved upon the face of the waters.”

Okay I’m on a roll here. On to Genesis 1:3. With the help of John 1:1-5 I think we might be able to translate this differently. Of course this is all being done with my handy interlinear bible software from Scripture4All. What we learn from John is that in the beginning was the Word. All things were made by him. In him was life; and the life was the light of men and most importantly, the light shineth in the darkness. What I’m going to propose isn’t original as evidenced by this Google search. I propose that Genesis 1:3 could be translated as “And Elohim said, Let him be light: and he was light.”

I need to do quite a bit more work on this. The symbolism in Genesis is incredible. I’m collecting quite a bit of evidence regarding all this. Give me your thoughts.

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