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It's a very small class, but I'm really enjoying the Survey of the Old Testament.

Regarding the Creation Story, I always considered the dimension of time somewhat loosely defined.   However, apparently most scholars say that "there was Evening and there was Morning" delineates a normal twenty-four hour day.  Okay then.  Since we know that with God, all things are possible: God made the whole of creation and all that is in it in 144 hours.

Just a few other points of interest:

  • After digressing into the plurality of the Godhead raised by Gen 1:26 ("Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, .."), our professor took us over into Proverbs 8:22-31 where he says it discusses the Second Person of the Trinity; the incarnation of Jesus present at Creation.  I think I'd understood that referred to one of the attributes of God, being Wisdom.  But then, what do I know?
  • Tonight in class, I saw a map that actually cited a "possible location" of The Garden of Eden.  That's a first for me!
  • The Covenant of Redemption (Gen 3:15) is considered the "First Gospel" [prof evangelium] speaking to the promise of the Messiah. 
  • In the supplemental text of chronological and background charts re: the Old Testament, one chart lists the genealogies from Adam to Abraham.  Two curious things:  1) Methuselah, son of Enoch, lived the longest in all of humanity - 969 years!! ** 2) The post-Noahic people began to see a serious decline in their years - they did not live nearly as long as the folks before the Flood.
Basically what I'm learning of the Old Testament is that I have an awful lot to learn about the Old Testament!

        **  It also appears that Methuselah might have lived even longer had he been issued a ticket to board Noah's Ark!