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And there was evening and there was morning (Genesis chap. 1, verse 5)

” … so passed the “first day ” of creation. In the original Hebrew text it is written “there was evening” meaning that the morning and the afternoon had passed. Adding “and there was morning” means that the night too was passed and that the second day had begun. These words raise  important issues, the first one of them concerns the meaning to be given to the first day: does it mean that God made everything that exists, including earth, in one day? In this case, how to reconcile the creation of day and night and the mention, on the same day, of the sequence of “evening and morning”? Some people think that the “day” corresponds to an entire geological era, but it is not scientifically justifiable. How to arrange the sequence of creation and the details of the story with the development of life on earth in such a way that there is a perfect coincidence?

So let’s try to immerge ourselves in the shoes of those who wrote this story. At that time it had developed the concept of “weeks”. A seven-day period with the seventh day that concludes the week and that coincides with the celebration of the Sabbath, particularly important because of the rest (Exodus 20:8-10 ). So it is likely that the author of this piece has entered the stages of creation in the scheme of the seven days of the week.

In fact, according to the author the daily work was not a mere human affair, as perhaps it is for us. To him the human work reflected the cosmos, because God himself had worked and that work was not yet completed. It continues through the work of men and women, who help God to preserve the meaning and purpose of the whole creation”. (Source: Simone Venturini, L’inganno del cherubino guardiano, 2014)

Simone Venturini


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