Anyone up on their Hebrew? Rook?
I was talking about the age of the universe with a theist friend of mine and he acknowledges the scientific evidence of the Big Bang and accepts the age of the universe to be around 13.7 billion years. We got onto the subjest of how he reconciles this with the Bible indicates that the Earth was created in a few days, whereas science indicates that this is off by billions and billions of years. I was asking him how he can honestly believe that a book with such an ENORMOUS error is literally 100% true. He danced around the question for a long time and I'm sure we've all had similar converstions before. A few days later he informs me that in the original Hebrew, the word "day" can be used differently to mean a long peiod of time. I asked him why the Bible, then doesn't use this instead of the English word "day"? He accused me of not reading the footnotes enough and, admittedly, I couldn't recall looking at footnotes for Genesis 1. So I found an online bible that gives access different versions of the Bible and looked at 18 different versions of Genesis 1. The ONLY version that mentions the meaning of the word "day" in the footnotes is the Contemperary English Version. The footnote in this version says:
Genesis 1:5 the first day: A day was measured from evening to evening.
So now I was quite skeptical of his claim of the Hebrew "day" meaning something else that was a longer period of time. So I found an English -> Hebrew dictionary online and tried matching up the words to a copy of the Bible in Hebrew. And that's where I ran into trouble. I'm trying to read the lines backwards because Hebrew reads right to left, and I'm trying to match up characters and in short, I'm in over my head with this issue. So has anyone (or CAN anyone) read the Bible in its original Hebrew? Do you know if the Hebrew word "day" can mean a longer period of time? As close as I was able to determine, "day" can actually mean "a period of time" or "historical period", but only in the sense that we'd say in English "in the day of Caesar" or "in the days when dinosaurs romed the Earth". Any help you could give me would be appriciated!
'The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.'
- Richard Dawkins