Tuesday, October 13, 2009

In the beginning, [Fill in the Blank] Created the Earth...

According to this Telegraph story:

"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."

I'm not sure who the professor is respected by, but she's not getting much from me. I always question any scholar who suddenly "discovers" the missing translation/interpretation needed to unlock Biblical passages negating the fundamental teachings of Christianity. Somehow, in all of these many millenia, no one but the good Prof has managed to translate the first verse of the Bible? Yeah, ok. But back to the story:

"...She said she eventually concluded the Hebrew verb "bara", which is used in the first sentence of the book of Genesis, does not mean "to create" but to "spatially separate".

The first sentence should now read "in the beginning God separated the Heaven and the Earth"...

She said: "It meant to say that God did create humans and animals, but not the Earth itself."

"It meant to say..."? Huh? So I guess van Wolde is just helping out that poor mumbling text which, I guess, cannot speak for itself by explaining to the world what it meant to say, if only it could talk. Sheesh.

"A spokesman for the Radboud University said: "The new interpretation is a complete shake up of the story of the Creation as we know it."

Excuse me for not even feeling an aftershock...

"Prof Van Wolde added: "The traditional view of God the Creator is untenable now."

... and no, I don't see how this "new interpretation" renders the traditional view untenable. While Van Wolde claims God did not create the earth, no one or thing is offered up as the Creator. If there's anything on shaky ground, it's this rehashed theory being presented as groundbreaking.


Lakeyia C said...

Why is it SO hard to just read and accept simplicity? I can appreciate David when he said in the psalms, God's word "makes wise the simple." It is understandable from the common man to the greatest man. Literally it does NOT take rocket science to understand it.

Alisha De Freitas said...

Honestly, I dont know why people go through such extremes instead of just reading the plain simple truth!

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