Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bible Scholar says "God did not create Earth"

Professor Ellen van Wolde, a respected Old Testament scholar and author, claims the first sentence of Genesis “in the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth” is not a true translation of the Hebrew.

She claims she has carried out fresh textual analysis that suggests the writers of the great book never intended to suggest that God created the world — and in fact the Earth was already there when he created humans and animals.

She said technically “bara” does mean “create” but added: “Something was wrong with the verb. “God was the subject (God created), followed by two or more objects. Why did God not create just one thing or animal, but always more?”

She concluded that God did not create, he separated: the Earth from the Heaven, the land from the sea, the sea monsters from the birds and the swarming at the ground.

Of course, because God's word can't actually mean what it says. That would be too freaky and out there for me, man.

I'm sure iMonk and the Cooperate-with-anyone Baptist Fellowship will LOVE this.


Patricia said...

Really missing the plain old Bible exposition you did in the past. Maybe not so much "politic" and more Word?

St.Lee said...

Miss van Wolde's assessment reminds me of the "scholars" who dismiss the parting of the Red Sea, explaining it away saying that it was really a "reed" sea only 6 inches deep that Israel crossed. Of course they miss the irony that it would be just as much a miracle of God to drown the entire Egyptian army in 6 inches of water.

Such rhetoric obviously exposes these "scholars" real agenda. If they can only show the Bible wrong in one place, there will be no reason for anyone to believe any of it. It amazes me that some spend so much of their lives shaking their fist at the God they claim does not exist.

BTW, I enjoy all your posts, Bible exposition as well as the rest.

Joe Blackmon said...


I really try to get 4 posts a week up. I haven't done anything in Matthew and 2 Peter in awhile but haven't abandoned them. I've actually got (starting next week) new stuff from II Peter and Matthew starting along with finishing up this repost of Psalm 1. See if over the next few weeks there's not more Bible exposition and less links.

For my part I'd rather do exposition it's just so hard to keep up sometimes. I think I've got ahead enough of myself that I can keep up now.

Joe Blackmon said...


They're just too smart for their own good, huh? Thanks for your comments, sir.