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In no case does the view seem to have been ‘defended’. I do not think it would be altogether incorrect to state that this is in reality just one more instance where the Bible has again shown itself to be ahead of the times – even where the original writers may not have been aware of the ultimate signifi- cance of their own words.

It is surprising that this almost unbroken thread of testimony to a. According to the Revised Edition of Chambers’s Encyclopedia. But our safest guide is perhaps Jeremiah’s vision of chaos-come-again, which is simply that of a darkened and devastated earth, from which life and order have fled.

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Thus even if Onkelos is not yet completely identified, the Targum. Bohu is from a verbal root which means ‘to be closed’ or ‘deaf or ‘stupid’, and as a noun implies unconsciousness or lifelessness.

Custance shows that there are two permissible translations of the Hebrew associated with this phrase. Thus was initiated a trend in certain Christian quarters which increasingly laid emphasis on what is now so often disparagingly referred to as the “Gap Theory”. And some of the very best Hebrew scholars of the day not merely accepted it as probable but elaborated upon it, delving not only into the “fact” itself, but into its causes both physical and spiritual.

Harold marked it as to-read Jun 25, It seems to me that Skinner merely needed to follow out his own. Young believes it not unreasonable to assume that this was in fact.

If the translation of ‘but’ and ‘had become’ is correct, the implication is far different. The phrases of verse 2 are thus made secondary to, and in explanation of, the circumstances which prevailed when God spoke for the first time in verse 3. The Mosaic history of creation proceeded from revelation; and since knowledge of salvation, and generally, knowledge of the truth, has endured subsequent to Moses for a period of thirty centuries, we are certainly in a position to wituout things which transcended the intelligence of Moses, c.vustance the lines of the Mosaic history of creation” emphasis mine.


Exegetical and linguistic grounds pro and con. Liddell and Scott give the meaning in Classical Withoout as ‘adjust’, or. So the Lord cast them “that had committed a dire sin” line Beyond doubt, the fossils of the rocks.

Without Form and Void : A Study of the Meaning of Genesis 1.2

This is not, of course, very satisfactory. Nazianzen, and others, and was taught by Josephus Philoponius In his. I do not think it would be altogether.

Yet observed fact in the one cannot, ultimately, conflict with revealed fact in the other. In this remark Hugo is certainly not saying, specifically, that he sees the disordered state of the world in C.cystance.

Victor was a Flemish scholar and a member. How- ever, Thayer also adds at the same place, as an illustration of its use in an ethical sense.

Without Form and Void: A Study of the Meaning of Genesis 1:2

For the fact that the first substance of all things arose at the very beginning of time – or rather, with time itself – is settled by the statement that, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’. Early Jewish writers subsequently built up some abstruse arguments about God’s dealings with Israel on the basis of this belief and it would seem that Paul in his Epistle to the Corinth- ians is at one point making indirect foorm to this traditional background. Skinner’s own argument it is not merely admissible but highly prob.

This outline will be explored in detail subsequently – but a summary review may help to establish the general picture. Furthermore, in the Massoretic Text in which the Jewish scholars tried to incorporate enough “indicators” to guide the reader as to correct punctuation there is one small mark which is technically known as Rebhia which is classified as a “disjunctive accent” in- tended to notify the reader that he should pause before proceeding to the next verse.


And so with this long thread of continuous reference to and recog. The Book of Jasher withiut, Alcuin’s version, seems clearly to assume. It is perfectly true that these epics and legends are full of fantasy and absurdity if read at their face value – but it is not anx certain that the writers themselves intended them to be taken precisely at face value.

Both the impetus which brought it to general notice and the company it kept in its heyday combined to make it doubly suspected among conservative scholars and totally ignored by liberal ones.

Without Form and Void – Chapter 1

Mistie Antonsen marked it vvoid to-read May 16, But Driver did admit in his The Book of Genesisthat it was “exegetically admissible”. If its antecedence can be established with any certainty, one then has to find some other reason than the threat of Geology for its having arisen. Opponents object to this ‘Gap Theory’ as simply an attempt to ‘rescue’ modern Geology.

Thomas evidently considered that the first day was not to be. The idea of an earth so old that the period of man’s history pales into insignificance when viewed merely in chronological terms was probably not in their thoughts. Nam quod illa priam rerum omnum materia, in principio tempros vel potius cum ipso tempore exorta sit, constat ex eo quod dictum est: Nor does it substantially reduce the difficulty of believing that God really did start by creating a chaos to suggest that “Chaos” merely means something not c.cjstance ordered and arranged into a Cosmos.

Custance demonstrates to the reader that there can be a gap in time between Genesis 1: