To The Daily Sun,
I would like to make a brief reply to the letter from Ms. Hillarie Goldstein. Thank you for your kind words and God bless you.
I am aware of the theory that you mention that stretches the six days of creation over billions of years. This is known as the "day-age" theory and I researched it thoroughly when I first came across it. I would just like to note one main issue with it ... in Genesis, God ends each of the six days of creation by saying "and the evening and the morning were the first day.", "and the evening and the morning were the second day.", etc... telling us they were six literal 24 hour days. There are several other problems with this theory that are too much to go into here.
Anyway, I'm not saying I have all the answers, I just want to spread knowledge about conclusions I have been able to draw to this point. Ms. Goldstein had asked about the use of Hebrew and Greek to study the scriptures so I would like to take a moment to explain an excellent resource that I use to help me when I'm researching difficult passages.
It's a computer program called "e-Sword" and it can be downloaded for free at www.e-sword.net. This program has several bible translations including all of the original Hebrew and Greek texts as well as the "Strong's Concordance" that links the original Hebrew/Greek words with our English translation.
The English translation of the scriptures that we commonly read comes from what is called the "Textus Receptus" or the "Received Text" that was compiled in 1516. This is a compilation of what was determined to be the "best" Hebrew manuscripts for the Old Testament and the "best" Greek manuscripts for the New Testament. This compilation was "canonized" with the production of the Authorized King James Version in 1611. A gentleman named James Strong went through the entire Bible in 1890 and indexed every unique Hebrew and Greek word to its English translation equivalent and numbered them.
There are 8,674 unique Hebrew words and 5,624 unique Greek words used within our Bibles.
Once you get e-sword, you simply use the translation that is called "KJV+" which is the King James Version (plus the Strong's numbers). It will then show you the Strong's number as a superscript next to each English word. If you click on the number (or hover over it), it will tell you the original Hebrew or Greek word along with its meaning and a full list of everywhere in the bible the word is used. Obviously, there is much more to the Hebrew and Greek languages than just word definitions because of things like grammatical rules as well as euphemisms, metaphors, and other linguistic and cultural anomalies; however, this is a great place to start.
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