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> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On
> Behalf Of D. F. Siemens, Jr.
I can say that always with a numeral (apart from the problematic
> occurences in Genesis 1) it clearly means either a 24-hour period or the
> daylight portion thereof. Tying "evening and morning" to it indicates
> that the Genesis usage is not unique.
This argument is inconclusive. The Bible, after all, has no other occasion
to enumerate sequential epoch’s of time. This argument can be challenged on
several counts. For one, it is true only for passages describing days of
human activity rather than divine activity. More importantly, no rule of
Hebrew grammar states that yom attached to an ordinal must always refer to
24-hour days. Hosea 6:2 prophesies that “after two days He (God) will
revive us (Isreal); on the third — ordinal — day, He will restore us.” For
centuries, Bible commentators have noted that the “day” in this passage,
where the ordinal is used , refers to a year, years, or a thousand years, or
Stephen J. Krogh, P.G.
The PanTerra Group
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