Does Day Mean a 24-Hour Period or Ages

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LIBERTY University Interpretive Question 1 Does “day” mean a 24-hour period or ages? A Research Paper Submitted to Dr. scott phillips School of RELIGION by SCOTT r. REICHERT LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA September 10, 2013 Interpretive Question 1 Does “day” mean a 24-hour period or ages? In Coogan’s The Old Testament, A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, the author makes the statement that it is important to remember the cultural influence as well as the genre of the message from scripture. Coogan relates that the knowledge at the time of this writing relating to the universe was geocentric. However, it is important to realize they were writing a religious document, not a scientific one. One of the most important aspects from the creation story is that of the Sabbath. Since the Sabbath is only one twenty-four hour period, then the other days of creation, in order to be harmonious, must also represent one twenty-four hour period. Coogan also refers elsewhere in the Bible where a “day” is a literal twenty-four hour period. Therefore, the literal day theory is consistent with the rest of scripture. Coogan finally states that the attempt to reconcile the creation with modern science by redefining “day” as a geological age, is a misguided adventure (Coogan 2006, 7). Haley’s Bible Handbook suggests that there are numerous different definitions of day. “In Genesis 1:5 it used as a term for light.” (Halley 2007, 85) In contrast he shows that in 1:8 and 1:13 it is a literal twenty-four hour day. In 1:14 and 1:16 it may represent a twelve hour period. Additionally, Haley points out that in several other passages a day means the entire Christian era, or beyond the Lord’s second coming. Finally, Haley supports his variable day theory with 2 Peter 3:8 which states to the Lord a day is like a thousand years. Haley’s main
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