Book Review (Supplement) -- The Age of the universe

Allen Roy (
Tue, 24 Feb 1998 21:34:43 -0700 (MST)

As I thought about the review I sent earlier on this book I realized I
should have included the following in the paragraph dealing with chapter
4 of the book:

Here is Gray's paraphrase of Genesis 1:1-20 and Exodus 20:8-11

Genesis 1:1-20

"In the beginning, first of all, God created the universe, the galazies,
sun, moon and stars, all blazing with light. He also created the planet
earth. leaving it unfurnished, barren and empty, without life or dry
land. Nothing but ocean covered the entire planet and that ocean was
shrouded in darkness from a dense blanket of a watercloud that was above
it. The earth was not chaotic but only barren with a desert of ocean.
Then the Spirit of God continues hovering (like a brooding bird in the
dormancy of night) over the darkened ocean waters for an undefined time."

"Then God said, 'Let there be light,' and diffused ligt from the sun
appeared over the ocean for the first time. And God saw the light that
it was good, and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called
the light 'day' and the darkness He called 'night.' There was a literal,
normal evening, and there was a literal, normal morning. This was day
one: a solar day."

"Then God said, 'Let there be an expanse in between the waters and let it
divide the blanket of waters above the ocean from the oceanic waters
below,' And God made the expanse (the atmosphere) and divided the waters
that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse,
and it was so. And God called the expanse 'air.' There was evening and
morning, day two."

"Then God said, 'Let the oceanic waters be gathered together in one place
and let the dry ground appear,' and it was so. And God called the dry
ground 'land,' and the gathering together of the oceanic waters He called
'seas.' The God said, 'let the land bring forth grass, herbs and
trees...' God saw that it was good--day three."

"Then God said, 'Let visible lamps in the expanse of sky be for dividing
the day from the night; and let them serve as signals for seasons and for
days and for years. And let them be lamps in the expanse of sky to give
light upon the earth,' and it was so. And God did two great lamp to
dominate the night. He did the stars also. And God gave them forth in
the atmosphere of heaven to give light upon the earth. It was all good
... day four."

"(Days five and six are not critical to the issue, so we move on to the
scripture most used as proof text.)"

Exodus 20:8-11

"Remember the rest day to keep it set apart. Six days you shall labor
and do all your work, but the seventh is the rest of Yahweh your God. In
it you shall not do any work, ... for six days Yahwah worked on the
atmospheric heaven, the continental earth, the oceanic sea and every
creature that is in them and rested the seventh day. So Yahweh blessed
the rest day and set it apart."

Allen Roy