The bible is inspired by God and penned by humans. Those who believe this believe that the bible is truth and the words contained within are as well. With this said, the Hebrew word "Yom" must have a definition true to what God actually did and line up with the rest of scripture.
Two definitions commonly used for "Yom" are: a literal 24 hour period, or, a long period of time (Arnold, 23). Which of these definitions is correct? And even more importantly, how do the different definitions impact the interpretation of Genesis one?
I believe the Hebrew word "Yom" should be defined as a literal 24 hour day, and if we attempt to define it otherwise, in this context, we cut the thread that holds the credibility of the bible together.
The writer of Genesis one uses "evening" and "morning" to explain God's creation. When these words are used along with "Yom" in other Old Testament Scripture, such as Exodus 27:21, it always applies a literal day (Grigg). The writer describes the day "as composed of its literal parts, morning' and evening'" (Grigg).
Also, the first reference to day, in Genesis 1:5 is used in context of a full rotation of the earth; "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." This also implies that it was a literal 24 hour day.
Looking at the ten commandments given to Moses, the fourth says, "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day " (Exodus 20:8 & 11, KJV). This implies that the basis for our week is modeled after the creation week. Here the same word is interpreted as a literal 24 hour day.
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