From the courtyard, one would move into the organised cosmos as he entered the antechamber, which is where one would find the Menorah, teh Table of Bread and the incense alter.
In the descriptions of the Tabernacle, the lamb and its olive oil are provided for “light” (which is the same word used to describe the celestial bodies in day four).
On day 3, God causes dry land to appear; whereas on day 6, God creates the land animals and humans.
This pattern may suggest that the exact chronological sequence of events is not in mind here. This may suggest that God allowed the trees and vegetation to germinate and grow by virtue of natural processes.
In this article, I attempt to show that, while it is possible to interpret the book of Genesis in light of a young earth, there is no Biblical mandate for this conclusion: That is to say, Genesis .
On day 2, God separates the sky and sea; whereas, on day 5, God creates birds and sea creatures.When the perfect tense is used at the start of a pericope, its purpose is ordinarily to denote an event which sets the background and context of the storyline: That is to say, it takes place the rest of the story gets underway.This implies that verses 1 and 2 occurred an undisclosed period of time prior to the first day!And, as a scientist, the arguments for an ancient earth seem to be very compelling (needless to say, when it comes to Darwinian evolution, it is a very different story).In this article, however, I simply want to read and understand the text on its own terms, not missing what the text is saying; but, at the same time, not adding to it what simply isn’t there.One possibility, which has been entertained by some, is that the writer did not intend us to take the first six days as consecutive days of a single earth week, but, instead, as a sequence of six days: That is to say, days of 24-hour duration in which God supernaturally infuses novelty at punctuated intervals.On this view, it may well be the case that the individual days were separated from one another by unspecified periods of time.For instance, there was the water basin which 1 Kings -26 designates “sea”, and the bronze pillars, described in 1 Kings -22, which perhaps represented the pillars of the earth.The horizontal axis in the temple was arranged in the same order as the vertical axis in the cosmos.Then there is, of course, the veil which separates the earthly sphere from the heavenly sphere which is the dwelling place of God (thus serving the same symbolic function as the firmament). This parallelism is particularly striking when one considers that, as John Walton points out in , the temple’s inauguration ceremony was completed by God taking up his rest in the temple, as he, in fact, does on day seven.In regard to the fourth day of Creation Week, which is often a point of tension (it is on day 4 that God apparently creates the sun, moon and stars, after the creation of both plants and light, as well as the progression of days 1-3, which presumably required the sun), the verb “made” in Genesis does not specifically mean ‘create’, but can instead refer to ‘working on something that is already there’ or even ‘appointed’.