Thursday, March 24, 2016

Exclusive Material: Correct Reading of Genesis 1:9-19

I was re-reading the account of creation in Genesis, when I've noticed that something was horribly out of place. Let's take a look at the text:
YLT Gen 1:9 And God saith,  'Let the waters under the heavens be collected unto one place, and let the dry land be seen:'  and it is so. 
YLT Gen 1:10 And God calleth to the dry land  'Earth,'  and to the collection of the waters He hath called  'Seas;'  and God seeth that it is good. 
YLT Gen 1:11 And God saith,  'Let the earth yield tender grass, herb sowing seed, fruit-tree (whose seed is in itself) making fruit after its kind, on the earth:'  and it is so. 
YLT Gen 1:12 And the earth bringeth forth tender grass, herb sowing seed after its kind, and tree making fruit (whose seed is in itself) after its kind; and God seeth that it is good;
YLT Gen 1:13 and there is an evening, and there is a morning--day third. 
YLT Gen 1:14 And God saith,  'Let luminaries be in the expanse of the heavens, to make a separation between the day and the night, then they have been for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years, 
YLT Gen 1:15 and they have been for luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth:'  and it is so. 
YLT Gen 1:16 And God maketh the two great luminaries, the great luminary for the rule of the day, and the small luminary--and the stars--for the rule of the night; 
YLT Gen 1:17 and God giveth them in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth, 
YLT Gen 1:18 and to rule over day and over night, and to make a separation between the light and the darkness; and God seeth that it is good; 
YLT Gen 1:19 and there is an evening, and there is a morning--day fourth.
As you can see from the verses above, it appears that the earth brought forth grass BEFORE the sun and the moon were created. How is it possible?

Well, this is undoubtedly corruption of the text, because I've seen similar things before in Samaritan Pentateuch. In our Torah(MT), the names of Canaanite nations are also out of place and have been shuffled. Samaritan Pentateuch corrects this and provides proper order of things. I.e Exodus 34:11. So the correct reading of Genesis 1:9-19 should be such:
YLT Gen 1:9 And God saith,  'Let the waters under the heavens be collected unto one place, and let the dry land be seen:'  and it is so. 
YLT Gen 1:10 And God calleth to the dry land  'Earth,'  and to the collection of the waters He hath called  'Seas;'  and God seeth that it is good. 
YLT Gen 1:14 And God saith,  'Let luminaries be in the expanse of the heavens, to make a separation between the day and the night, then they have been for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years, 
YLT Gen 1:15 and they have been for luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth:'  and it is so.
YLT Gen 1:16 And God maketh the two great luminaries, the great luminary for the rule of the day, and the small luminary--and the stars--for the rule of the night;
YLT Gen 1:17 and God giveth them in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth, 
YLT Gen 1:18 and to rule over day and over night, and to make a separation between the light and the darkness; and God seeth that it is good; 
YLT Gen 1:13 and there is an evening, and there is a morning--day third. 
YLT Gen 1:11 And God saith,  'Let the earth yield tender grass, herb sowing seed, fruit-tree (whose seed is in itself) making fruit after its kind, on the earth:'  and it is so. 
YLT Gen 1:12 And the earth bringeth forth tender grass, herb sowing seed after its kind, and tree making fruit (whose seed is in itself) after its kind; and God seeth that it is good; 
YLT Gen 1:19 and there is an evening, and there is a morning--day fourth.
As you can see, now the narrative looks logical and correct. Now the sun and the moon were created BEFORE grass and herbs. This is undoubtedly the correct reading.

The question here is, of'course, which day to put it in. I put it into the third day, because God worked on Heavens and Earth in this day, so I thought that Sun and Moon creation also belongs there. I think grass and herbs were created later, in a separate day. However, it is possible to still have these verses in the 4th day paragraph.

Linguistic clues were of no help here, because in all passages Torah says "God seeth that it is good", so there is no way to figure it out through textual analysis.

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