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In the Beginning ... (Part 2)

December 13, 2017 Speaker: Adam Olean

In part two of our study, we continue to consider the evidence in support of the non-traditional view of Genesis's beginning. We then go on to argue that the traditional interpretation is not only possible but is also the best reading of Genesis 1:1. Additionally, even if we were to accept the non-traditional view for the sake of argument, it would not follow that the primordial earth and waters were pre-existent, uncreated, self-sustaining entitities. Rather, the overall message of the creation account—along with Genesis, the Torah, and the rest of the Scriptures—would remain the same: "In the beginning, God created [everything!]"
For supplemental reading on some of the more technical aspects of the phrase "In the beginning" see the following articles:
Cotten, Marvin. "Much Ado about Shwa." Marv's Blog, April 11, 2012. No pages. Online:
Wilson, Josh. "Have We Misunderstood Genesis 1:1?" Answers in Depth 8 (2013). No pages. Online: