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Such an interpretation makes sense in the context of the very next verse, in which we are told that the “there [are] similarities between God’s creation week and our work week, but also obvious differences. God’s creative activity is very different from ours; God does not need rest as we do, and so on.So it is not possible to draw straight lines from Genesis to our working week.When the perfect tense is used at the start of a pericope, its purpose is ordinarily to denote an event which sets the background and context of the storyline: That is to say, it takes place the rest of the story gets underway.This implies that verses 1 and 2 occurred an undisclosed period of time prior to the first day!This stands in stark contrast with the seventh day, for which it is curiously missing.
I am trained as a scientist (I’m a postgraduate student in evolutionary biology).Then there is, of course, the veil which separates the earthly sphere from the heavenly sphere which is the dwelling place of God (thus serving the same symbolic function as the firmament). This parallelism is particularly striking when one considers that, as John Walton points out in , the temple’s inauguration ceremony was completed by God taking up his rest in the temple, as he, in fact, does on day seven.In regard to the fourth day of Creation Week, which is often a point of tension (it is on day 4 that God apparently creates the sun, moon and stars, after the creation of both plants and light, as well as the progression of days 1-3, which presumably required the sun), the verb “made” in Genesis does not specifically mean ‘create’, but can instead refer to ‘working on something that is already there’ or even ‘appointed’.Having shown that Genesis does not that one read it as conveying a young earth, I hope that readers will be convinced that we can thus read and understand the science on its own terms as well.