AN ANALYSIS OF GENESIS 1:1-2
|Chapter 1. Analysis of Genesis 1:1|
|Chapter 2. Analysis of Genesis 1:2|
|Chapter 3. The Continuity of Tradition|
|1. The Meaning of the Word "Day"|
|2. The Meaning of the Verb "Make" by Contrast with the Verb "Create"|
|3. The Meaning of the Phrase "The Foundation of the World"|
1957: Doorway paper No. 11, published privately by Arthur C. Custance
1977: Part III in Time and Eternity, vol.6 in The Doorway Papers Series, Zondervan Publishing Company.
1997: Arthur Custance Online Library (HTML)
2001: 2nd Online Edition (design revisions)
THIS PAPER is
admittedly somewhat "difficult." Every effort was made
to clothe the content as far as possible in some kind of garment
so that it would not appear altogether as dry bones. However,
it is impossible to deal with such a subject from the linguistic
point of view without becoming involved in questions of grammar,
syntax, and vocabulary, which for most people are not exactly
Yet such a study seemed essential. One does not have the beautiful precision in such matters that is found, for example, in chemistry. But still there must be some attempt to approach exactitude even in the interpretation of an ancient language, and this can become very involved.
In spite of its difficulties, the Paper is perhaps worthy of careful study: it does not seem that anything comparable has been undertaken previously. Manifestly there will be errors of judgment and failure to interpret the Hebrew correctly. On the whole, however, we believe the Paper takes the essentials of the question into account in one way or another with reasonable objectivity. More could have been said -- but it would have been largely opinion. Somewhere (at least in heaven, hopefully on earth) there is a correct interpretation of these opening verses; this study may be a step in the right direction -- until something more exact and satisfying appears.