Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bible scholars and tenth-grade algebra

Numbers 1-2 – Some “scholars” think these numbers are too big, suggesting that Hebrew ‘eleph should not be translated “thousand” but something smaller.  Let’s do the algebra, just for three tribes:  Reuben 46x+500, Simeon 59x+300, and Gad 46x+650, which total 151x=450, according to the text, where we are substituting “x” for “thousand”.  Solve for x:

151x+450 = (46+59+45)x+(500+300+650), so
151x+450 =150x+1450, so subtracting
150x+450 from each side, we have
x = 1,000.  QED

The “scholars” are not as scholarly as 10th graders!  Russ Humphries brought this to my attention; he did the algebra for Judah’s group; any group or the whole of Israel will show the same.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Preview: New Paper 2B Published

To be published in April in the Journal of Creation 28(1).

Sneak preview:

I analyse the structure of Genesis and its likely sources.  It sheds light on the use of Hebrew toledoths, from which come "These are the generations/records of...", of which there are 11 in Genesis.  It also sheds light on the structure and meaning of Genesis 2:4 and why Genesis does not start with a toledoth -- because God has no father!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

New document: Genesis 1 Parallels

I recently read an article by Rick Lanser, Creation or the Flood?, that inspired me to make a parallel to Genesis 1 of Psalm 104, some of Job 38, and some of Proverbs 8.  Rick focussed on those parallels but did not go so far as to present the full parallel.  I also inserted in that full parallel many other related verses, especially from Psalms and Isaiah.  Indeed, I placed at the end all such verses I could find in the Bible.  The result is this: Genesis 1 Parallels.  The parallel has some interesting implications, which I have made in a comments section.  This is Scripture interpreting Scripture at its finest, telling us how to understand the Creating and Making account (CMA).  Enjoy!