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I read an article recently on godandscience.org. It claims that the entire earth was not flooded, but that the rest of the earth became a desert as the water flooded "the earth". The hebrew word for earth can also mean
The hebrew word for earth, אֶרֶץ (erets), can also mean:
1) country, territory
2) district, region
3) tribal territory
4) piece of ground
5) land of Canaan, Israel
6) inhabitants of land
So it says that it's talking about the inhabitants of the earth in that time period, which were apparantly not around the whole globe.
Another point it makes is that when it's talking about mountains, the word for mountains can also refer to hills. And the verse that says that it rose 15 cubits above the mountains is really saying that the water rose over hills and that it rose 15 cubits upward and not over.
The word for mountain is הַר (har) and it can mean:
1) hill, mountain, hill country, mount
It also goes on to explain that animals wouldn't have been able to migrate or birds would not have been able to fly away because the animals were indigenous to the areas. It also goes on to talk about how birds would not have survived heavy rain, and wouldn't be able to fly with that. And it says that Noah wasn't sent on a trip rather than making a boat due to the fact God had warned them of a judgement and it makes the point of a warning to the people that were being warned. It also ends by saying that since there are local floods today, that it doesn't contradict the LORD's promise of causing another flood like such due to the fact that he was referring to a flood that would kill of all and not that he would never let another local flood happen.
This is the source:
However, I'm still unsure what to believe in, but I believe in a flood of the entire earth. The article doesn't really talk much about the verse that says that the springs of the earth opened:
What are your thoughts on this? Is this article twisting scripture and meanings of the hebrew words with half-truths? Is it making valid points? Does Genesis 7:11 contradict this article's claims?
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month--on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. <i>Genesis 7:11</i>
Edited by IatePistachiosSigningUp, 30 August 2012 - 11:15 PM.