originally posted by: michaelbrux
a reply to: undo
what are you talking about? two flood versions?
aye! i'm so glad you asked.
in the opening passages of genesis, or more specifically, chapter 1 verse 2, it says:
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
the word "was" in the phrase "And the earth was
without form and void", is actually the word "became".
"without form" is "tohu" and void is "bohu"
so the first part of the sentence would read "And the earth became tohu and bohu;"
now mind you, this is after the opening verse:
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
since the torah didn't originally have verses, let's look at it as one thought
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth became tohu and bohu; "
the rest of the verse clues you in as well - "and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
that's a major, world covering, flood.
meanwhile, in noah's flood account, it vacillates back and forth from talking about the whole world being flooded to what sounds like a much less
severe event. For example, the story says he took 7 pairs of clean animals, 7 pairs of fowls and 2 pairs of unclean animals. That's only 32
animals, about the equivalent of the royal barnyard. Yet the story also hints at taking 2 of every animal and the water being so high, the ark had
to come to rest on a mountain top. these are 2 different floods.
edit on 24-10-2014 by undo because: (no reason given)