As a scientist and a Christian I have long been interested in the opening chapter of Genesis dealing with creation. This chapter has generated considerable controversy both within and outside the church. Since this chapter clearly identifies God as the creator, it will certainly conflict with the views of those in our society who believe that everything can be explained in terms of undirected natural causes. However, this chapter has also generated considerable controversy within the Christian church. The controversy here centers primarily on the timing of the creation events and whether the account should be interpreted literally or as a literary form. In this paper I present some background information relating to the controversy and then summarize the major interpretations of the creation days in Genesis. I hope this will be helpful to those seeking to understand this important chapter.
Table of Contents
- Historical Background
- Language and Cultural Background
- The Hebrew Language
- The Hebrew Way of Thinking
- The Days of Genesis 1
- Other Key Words in Genesis 1
- The Literary Structure of Genesis 1
- Science and Revelation
- Main Interpretations of Creation Days
- Other Interpretations
- Arguments For and Against
- Common Ground
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