Creation Series

Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? The Continuation of Day Seven

aving examined Moses’ construction of the first six days of creation, let us now turn our attention to the seventh day when God rests from His labor. One of the striking features of this day is its lack of closure. Unlike the first six days, day seven has no concluding refrain about this day drawing to an end (“and there was evening and there was morning, ______ day”). As readers, we are left wondering why Moses breaks here from his standard pattern. Why does he not depict this day drawing to a close? Has it not yet ended?

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Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? The Significance of Evening and Morning

“And there was evening, and there was morning, ______ day.” As you may recall from a previous article, this is one of the four phrases Moses uses to structure Genesis 1. This particular one is how Moses concludes each creation workday (days 1-6, see Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31). Since it plays a…

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Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? Moses’ Unique Construction for Numbering the Days

In Genesis 1, Moses numbers the days of creation using a unique construction. In fact, he presents them in a way that is different from all other numbered sequences in the entire Old Testament. This should get our attention! Moses is clearing wanting to alert us to the fact that he is up to something…

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Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long?

In our last article, we examined how Moses presents a different order of events within Genesis 2 than he did in Genesis 1 – particularly the order of God creating Adam and then the animals. This diverse ordering is not due to misinformation or multiple authors.

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Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? The Non-Chronological Arrangement of Genesis 2

Having examined how the literary arrangements of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 develop, let us now pause to reflect upon any insights that can be gleaned concerning the timing of creation. Let’s dive in to understand if the days of creation were 24 hours or not. In this article, I want to draw our attention…

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Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? The Structural Correlation between Genesis 1 and 2

Having examined the literary arrangement of Genesis 1 and then Genesis 2, we can now reflect on how they correspond and the significance of their development. Let’s dive into the correlation between Genesis 1 and 2 As you may recall, Genesis 1 is a highly structured account which presents days 1-3 in parallel with days…

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Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long?- The Structure of Genesis 2

Grasping the literary structure of Genesis 2 and seeing how it builds upon the structure of Genesis 1 is key to understanding Moses’ account of creation. With this, I am much indebted to a journal article by Mark Futato that first brought this to my attention.

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Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? An In-Depth Look at Genesis 1-2

The Structure of Genesis 1 Genesis 1 is a structural masterpiece. The intentionality Moses gives to crafting it is quite astounding. So, let’s start by looking at the overarching arrangement of this account and consider what Moses is meaning to convey through it. Were the days of creation 24 hours long? Let’s dive in. Repeated…

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Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? An In-Depth Look at Genesis 1 – Part 1

Background Information The creation account begins with two verses of background information to help situate us for the narrative that will follow. Unlike English, Hebrew narrative uses a particular verbal form (it is referred to as the wayyiqtol) to distinguish the main storyline events from background information. In this account, the main events of the…

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