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 Comparing Biblical Hebrew with English Translation

 

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE BOOK READING GENESIS ONE.

"Rodney Whitefield has undertaken a study of Biblical Hebrew that is far more intensive than most seminary-trained students have done. He has carefully examined the text of Genesis One in the original Hebrew as well as in ancient translations (the Targums, the Septuagint, and the Vulgate). Also he has consulted all the English versions plus ancient and modern commentaries, with the help of recognized grammarians such as S. R. Driver, Kautzsch and Crowley, Menahem Mansoor, and Ziony Zevit. His resulting translation provides the most detailed and thorough explanation of Genesis One available to the general English reader today. Repeatedly he clarifies that the Hebrew word yom does not refer to twenty-four hours regarding the length of the six creation days. His exposition will be of great benefit to those seeking a fuller understanding of the original meaning as intended throughout Genesis One."

John Rea, Th.D., Professor Emeritus of Old Testament,
Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia

 

READING GENESIS ONE: Comparing Biblical Hebrew with English Translation


READING GENESIS ONE is a book about God's creation. This book is a powerful tool for resolving creation issues in Christian witness. Why? Because its readers can study and understand the first 35 Hebrew verses of theBible directly, for themselves. They can free themselves from dependence on asserted "expert" opinion.

Why this approach? Because many arguments about the Bible and its agreement or disagreementwith the historical physical record are flawed. They are flawed because the Bible does not say that which the disputing parties claim. This may be either the Bible critic or the Bible advocate. In some cases both are arguing positions which are not in agreement with the biblical text.

Based on the substantiated verb and word use, this book establishes and explains that:

1. Genesis One does not say that the Earth is "young," i.e., about 10,000 years old. This fact is established independent of any interpretation about the length of the six "days" of creation.

2. The translation chosen for the Hebrew word "yom" is shown to not determine the age of the Earth, or the age of the universe. It is also shown that the time between the first "And God said" of Genesis 1:3 and the completion stated in Genesis 2:1 is not limited to 144 hours. An interval of 144 hours (six 24-hour days) is not a required consequence of interpreting the creative "yom" as six 24-hour days. When this fact is understood, many of the often encountered arguments are found to be pointless exercises.

3. Genesis One and the established physical history of planet Earth are not in conflict. There remains a conflict with the interpretations of Darwinism.

4. READING GENESIS ONE explains and critiques the typical arguments by which advocates of the "Young Earth" position arrive at their conclusion.

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 GENESIS ONE and the Age of the Earth

         What does the Bible say?

 A brief explanation of the Hebrew text of the first  chapter of Genesis as it relates to the age of the Earth  question.

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 The Hebrew Word “Yom” Used with a   Number in Genesis 1                  

  What does “yom” mean in Genesis 1 ?

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NEW  The word "vayhiy"         in Genesis Chapter One

   Support for an Old Earth:  All the creative times conclude with evening, morning, "yom" number. The meaning of as as used in these concluding phrases provides textual evidence supporting the Old Earth interpretation.   CLICK HERE   

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NEW  Genesis 1:1 and the Revised Translation "When God began to create . . . ."    CLICK HERE   

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THE FOURTH CREATIVE “DAY” of GENESIS

   Answers to questions about the Sun, Moon, and Stars

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 Sin,Death, and Redemption as it relates to the Age of the Earth                                             [Romans 5:12 and 1Corinthians 15:21 ]

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  Very Very Good, Very Good, and Animal Death before the Fall

 Did you know that the Hebrew translated "very good" is not the highest good as expressed in Hebrew of the bible?          

  Very very good is better.

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