I was commenting on someone’s posting on the Jerusalem Post (Comments Section) Israeli Minister: The Bible — not Google — gives Israel moral right to land By Tovah Lazaroff March 28, 2017
Below is the results of several postings –
Quote: “the bible also said the world was created in 6 days.”
My Quotes: Wrong! B’rashith (Genesis) says six ages as in aeons (2.4. “These are the generations of the heaven and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the L-RD G-D made earth and heaven.”) It was not until the fourth age or day that the 24 hour time period was created, so the term “yom” means “toldoth” or “generation” as in a period of time! (The Tehillim – Psalms 90.4 say “a day is as a thousand years” to G-D!)
There are three words in the Torah for “create, creation and created” . go learn Hebrew and then try and read the Torah – I’ll give you a head start: B’ra, Yetzirah, Asoth – Perhaps you might try and read “Sefer Yetzirah” (The Book of Formation) which explains how Creation was “created, formed and finished” ….
go read Genesis 1.14-18 (the 24 hour time span was not established till after the sun, moon and planets were set in their orbits) and 2.4 and Sefer Yetzirah, the Book of Formation. according to Torah (based on Sefer Yetzirah, the accepted commentary) the universe is 15,340,500,000 years old (or 15 Billion Years Old – about the same age as scientists estimate the age of the universe).
(2.4. “These are the generations [plural] of the heaven and of the earth when they were created, in the day [singular] that the L-RD G-D made earth and heaven.” How do you define “in the day [singular] that the L-RD G-D “asoth [made or finished] eretz [earth] v’shamayim [heavens]”?” “in the day” must mean an age or generations) The Psalms 90.4 say “a day is as a thousand years” to G-D! Seven “days” (Genesis 1.1 to 2.3) times a thousand equals seven thousand “days” – one age or time span of “a week”.
B’rashith (Genesis) only tells us the “short hand” explanation of how the universe was created “ex nihilo” something from nothing(ness)(before one what do you count? nothing or zero). Without the Oral tradition or law, it is easy to missunderstand what is being conveyed – the speech of the Creator is the law(s) of nature which holds everything in their working order!
I never started at 1.18. I start at 1.1 and read through 2.3 for my introduction, but I’ve read the commentrary (Oral tradition- Sefer Yetzirah) more than once. It is obvious to me that you have not read the commentary! Creation was “B’ra” (created ex nihilo something from nothingness – the space HaShem emptied ItSelf of within which to create or place creation), “Yetzirah” (formed into shape, size, and set in motion, etc.) and “Asoth” (Finished with G-D’s Blessing)!
Explain 2.4 – (2.4. “These are the generations [plural] of the heaven and of the earth when they were created, in the day [singular] that the L-RD G-D made earth and heaven.”) How do you define “in the day” [singular] that the L-RD G-D “asoth [made or finished] eretz [earth] v’shamayim [heavens]”?” If evening and morning simply means “one 24 hour day” then why does 2.4 single out “in the day?” “in the day” must mean an age or generations) The Psalms 90.4 say “a day is as a thousand years” to G-D! Seven “days” (Genesis 1.1 to 2.3) times a thousand equals seven thousand “days” – one age or time span of “a week” “in the day that the L-RD G-D made earth and heaven.” Without the oral law you will never understand how old the Universe. For example, we understand what evening and morning mean, but without 2.4 and 90.4 we would not know what a day (the 2.4 day) means so as to calculate how old the Universe is – 15 billion years old. I didn’t write the commentary I’m just trying to help you understand Brashith (Genesis) 1.1 to 2.3.
there is only one source! go learn Hebrew and study the commentary. I don’t know what translation you are reading from but you should try and read the Hebrew text. 2.4 sums up what came from 1.1 through 2.3. 1.1 is just an introduction to the subject of creation of the universe (as a finished work-week of billions of years.) the 24 hour day was not established until “day” four (1.14-18) as one cannot calculate a 24 hour time span without Motion, Sun and Planets. 2.4 is not necessarily an introduction to a new topic (for 2.5); it is the finishing of what started in 1.1 creation (B’ra) of something from nothing. 2.4 says “b’yom asoth” – explain that from the Hebrew text utilizing the commentary which mentions the Sabbatical Years, the Jubilee Years and the Solar/Lunar Year of 365.1/4 days to calculate the Age of the Universe based on Tehillim (Psalms) 90.4 “a day is as a thousand years in the sight of HaShem!!!”
The Torah does not intend to tell us the whole story of how creation was created but only introduces us to the subject leaving the details for the oral commentary (which has been handed down “orally” by tradition for generations from Avraham [some say from Adam]!)