Dr Gleason Archer affirmed an interpretation of Day 4 that is consistent with the Young Biosphere Creation model.
Genesis 1:2-5 thus sets forth the first stage of creation: the formation of light. This must have meant primarily the light of the sun and the other heavenly bodies. Sunlight is a necessary precondition to the development of plant life and animal life, generally speaking…
-Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, Zondervan, 1982.
For additional confirming quotes, see the page here.
We have added a page of quotations from the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.
This Encyclopedia also confirms Mr. Gray’s interpretation of Day four (Gen. 1:14-19). The article on “Cosmogony” indicates the original creation of the solar heavens and planet earth in Genesis 1:1 prior to the creative actions of Genesis 1:3ff:
“If these days were twenty-four hour segments, then the creation (Gen 1:1, 2) can be posited to have taken place a long time before (with or without a proposed chaotic interlude). . . At any rate, the picture of Genesis 1 sets forth that the original creation occurred at an unspecified period in the past.”
The same article on Cosmogony agrees with the YBC view of God’s Day four’s activity:
“A proposed problem that light was created on the first day but that the sun appears later on the fourth can be solved by positing the sun breaking through the dense atmosphere of the earth on the fourth day at a time naturally later than the separation of the waters of the heaven (on the second day) and the appearance of the dry land, earth (on the third day)”
See the quotes on the Zondervan Encyclopedia page.
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On Dec. 24, 1968, three American astronauts orbited the moon for the first time. During their tenth and final orbit they broadcast an unforgettable message to the largest television audience in history.
Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders–the crew of Apollo 8–read the opening verses of Genesis 1 to a world captivated by the moment.
Merry Christmas from the Moon from The John 10:10 Project on Vimeo.
This study Bible acknowledges the legitimacy of the ancient solar system and young biosphere interpretation of Genesis chapter 1.
How could there have been light before God created the sun and the moon? (Genesis 1:14–16)
Some say that the earlier light created by God (v. 3) was from some source other than the sun, perhaps iridescence from God himself. Others say that the phrase the heavens and the earth (v. 1) means the universe—all the heavenly bodies including sun, moon and stars. According to this view, God created the sources of light (v. 1) but did not reveal them until later (v. 3)—perhaps by removing some sort of cloud of darkness (v. 2). Finally, he brought the process to completion and established the rhythm and order of the solar system (v. 14), assigning the sun and moon their place and purpose—thus giving us days, nights and seasons.
Question: “If, according to the Bible, Earth was created before the Sun and the Moon, what kept it in its orbit and what was it orbiting around?”
Andy Whiddon answered this question effectively by clarifying the nature of the Creator’s activity on Day 4 as contrasted to Day 1. [Disclaimer: The Young Biosphere Creation model, however, interprets “let there be light” as referring to the thinning of the atmosphere to allow more light to reach Earth.]
See Mr. Whiddon’s answer at: