What does Gen 1:1 tell us

Does Gen 1:1 say that God created the Planet Earth and the universe? Or does it say something else?

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It implies that ancient people needed a story
to help explain unanswerable questions.

Some "modern" people still do

that is why we still have religious texts
and FOX news

It tells us about the Creation of the Universe.

@StephenB It tells us about the Creation of the Universe.

The bible does not say in the original language that God created the planet Earth and the Universe. It simply says he created dry land (earth) and the firmament (heavens) and placed the Sun, Moon, and stars into it.

In the beginning, God created.

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I know what the chapter says, in english, but what does it actually say, in it's original language?

@Seedy3 I know what the chapter says, in english, but what does it actually say, in it's original language?

The oldest known text is pictured here,
in hebrew.
Languages change
as do translations.
This fragment is thought to
have been inscribed around 100 BC.

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There is no agreement
and most people
(perhaps out of habit)
translate this as Gun did above.

Most scholars of ancient hebrew texts
however would give the words a
slightly different connotation,
basically adding a "when" concept to the meaning:

  • rather than an affirmative
    "god created"
    it would be more like
    "when god created"
    an introduction to the story that follows.

-The difference is subtle
and it answers questions
like those posed by Tiffany below.

-It also raise the possibility that
the "ingredients" for the creation
already existed and what "he" did
was form them together
or (more precisely) separate them and order them.

@VicZinc The oldest known text is pictured here, in hebrew. Languages change as do translations. This fragment is...

It actually is interesting that the word eretz (earth) does not mean planet, it means dry land. Gen 1:1 is a preamble to the following verses, which describe the shape of the earth before the Abrahamic God started his forming (translated create) of the earth. The correct way that his verse should be understood is
"When God started to form the land and sky, the earth was dark and covered by the [primordial] water."

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