I’m reading Part IV of Francis Chan’s Multiply book, the section on “The Creation” which takes the reader through Genesis 1-2. Just listing a couple of observations:
Question 1 on pg 140 asks the reader “What is being emphasized?” in Genesis 1-2.
There are a couple of things that I see emphasized in the first two chapters of Genesis. For one, the definition of a day is given many times in the same chapter (Genesis 1) so that the reader is only left with the impression that a day is comprised of darkness (which Genesis repeatedly refers to as evening) and light (which Genesis repeatedly refers to as morning). This definition of day does not require the sun as the specific source of the light even though the sun is introduced on the fourth day. So according to the biblical definition, a day is the 24 hour period that encompasses the darkness and light portions which the bible uses as time markers. This implies:
– That a day is not equal to a thousand years when it comes to the Genesis narrative
– That sunlight is not necessary in order to have a day
– and That there is no way a day can refer to any period of time longer than the time markers specified since the bible is using literal speech