The 6 Literal 24 Hour Day Creation Periods
The Literal 6 Creative 24 Hour Day Periods
Dr Paul MacDonald RN MA Dipl
A Day/Morning and Evening
When Moses, under the inspiration of God, compiled the account of creation in Genesis 1, he used the Hebrew word yôm for ‘day’. He combined yôm with numbers (‘first day’, ‘second day’, ‘third day’, 'fourth day', 'fifth day' and 'sixth day').
These were combined with the words ‘evening and morning’. The first time he employed it, he carefully defined the meaning of yôm (used in this way) as being one night/day cycle (Genesis 1:5).
Yôm = 24 Hour Day
Thereafter, throughout the Bible, yôm used in this way always refers to a normal 24–hour day.
There is thus a prima facie case that, when God used the word yôm in this way, He intended to convey that the days of creation were 24 hours long.
6 Literal 24 Hour Days
Professor James Barr, professor of Hebrew at Oxford University agrees that the words used in Genesis 1 refer to ‘a series of six lateral days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience’, and he says that he knows of no professor of Hebrew at any leading university who would say otherwise.
In Genesis 1, God, through the ‘pen’ of Moses, is going out of His way to tell us that the ‘days’ of creation were literal earth–rotation days. To do this, He used the Hebrew word yôm, combined with a number and the words ‘evening and morning’. If God had wanted to tell us it was an ancient creation, then there were several good ways
He could have done this. If theistic evolution had been intended, then there were several constructions He could have used. If the time factor had been meant to be ambiguous, then the Hebrew language had ways of saying this. However, God chose not to use any construction which would have communicated a meaning other than a literal solar day of 24 hours.
The only meaning which is possible from the Hebrew words used is that the ‘days’ of creation were 24–hour days. God could not have communicated this meaning more clearly than He did in Genesis 1.
The divine confirmation of this, if any is needed, is Exodus 20:9–11, where the same word ‘days’ is used throughout.
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Israel Institute of Biblical Studies
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