RE: [asa] Proposed Revision of Genesis 1-11 in the KJV

From: Dick Fischer <dickfischer@verizon.net>
Date: Mon Apr 21 2008 - 18:48:26 EDT

Hi Merv,
 
I have to pick just one?
 
A global flood is absolutely necessary for the YEC scenario in order to
sequence the fossil record. Otherwise, the fossil record is a record
laid down in time and they don't allow time. So a local or regional
flood which would have been judgment on Adam's descendants, Noah's
relatives, is of no value to them.
 
If you look at Genesis 6:4, it begins: "There were giants in the earth
in those days ." The Genesis 6:4 "giants" (Nephilim in Hebrew and the
NIV) were some manner of men with ancient origins who apparently were in
residence prior to Noah, and maybe even Adam. Furthermore, they appear
in later chapters. In Numbers 13:33, the post-flood "sons of Anak who
come of the giants" reflects back to Genesis 6:4, to the pre-flood
period.
 
This is from The Expositor's Bible Commentary:
 
On the face of it, the remark presents a problem to the view that only
Noah and his sons survived the Flood, since it suggests that the "sons
of Anak" were descendants of the "Nephilim" (min hannepilim, lit. "from
the Nephilim") who lived before the Flood.
 
How could Nephilim be on both sides of the flood? Because they were
living in what became Canaanite country, the region of Palestine,
outside the flood zone.
 
The Sumerians too had a list of pre-flood kings and a post-flood
civilization. Although they were decimated by the flood, they lived in
an area located further east and some of them escaped to the foothills
of the Zagros mountains. After the flood the Sumerians rebuilt cities
previously occupied by Adam's generations. It took awhile for Noah's
group to reconstitute and some of them took up residence in Babylon.
You know that story. Pottery remains also confirm this sequence of
events.
 
Dick Fischer, author, lecturer
Historical Genesis from Adam to Abraham
www.historicalgenesis.com <http://www.historicalgenesis.com/>
 
 
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Subject: RE: [asa] Proposed Revision of Genesis 1-11 in the KJV
 
Quoting Dick Fischer <dickfischer@verizon.net>:
 
> I'm only trying to show by all that I have done that there is
historical
> integrity in the early chapters of Genesis. Conservative and liberal
> Christians alike have ignored the historical underpinnings of these
> chapters. The success of this method of apology based upon history
> would further undercut the YEC position that purports to take Genesis
> literally. They don't. They treat the Bible just as callously as
they
> treat science. On the other side, it should push liberal theologians
to
> reassess their criticisms of the OT and take it more seriously, even
> literally.
>
Thanks for your thoughtful responses. I've one more question: If you
could
pick at least one "classic favorite" example of how YECs fail to read
early
Genesis literally, what would that be? I thought they prided themselves
in
doing just that.
 
--Merv
 
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