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article imageReligious Scholar Claims God Did Not Create Earth

By William Suphan     Oct 11, 2009 in World
Professor Ellen van Wolde is an Old Testament scholar who claims that the first sentence of the Bible has been mistranslated until now.
Telegraph.co.uk reports that Professor Ellen van Wolde, respected in her field of Old Testament studies, is making a case that the first sentence of the Bible has been mistranslated all along.
She will soon present her thesis at Radboud University, in the Netherlands. She says she has done an analysis of the original Hebrew text of the Bible, and that the first sentence of Genesis, "in the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth" is misunderstood.
The Hebrew word "bara" actually means to "spatially separate" rather than "to create", according to the Professor. So, she believes the first sentence should read ""in the beginning God separated the Heaven and the Earth". She suggests that the Earth already existed, and that the sentence is the beginning of a narration rather than the beginning of the universe.
Judeo-Christian beliefs have long held that their God created all things "ex nihilo", or out of nothing. Of course, this has led many skeptics to argue that if something as complex as the universe could not arise from nothing, then how could something infinitely more complex, such as god, arise from nothing.
Professor van Wolde said:
"It meant to say that God did create humans and animals, but not the Earth itself."
She adds that her translation fits in with ancient texts, which say that there existed a huge body of water where monsters lived, covered in darkness.
She says that he separated the Earth and the Heavens, sea from land, sea monsters from birds, adding that:
"There was already water. There were sea monsters. God did create some things, but not the Heaven and Earth. The usual idea of creating-out-of-nothing, creatio ex nihilo, is a big misunderstanding."
She claims that god then made the earth livable, separating water and land and bringing light to darkness.
She is not without some humility, saying:
"Maybe I am even hurting myself. I consider myself to be religious and the Creator used to be very special, as a notion of trust. I want to keep that trust."
Of course, the debate in itself may be fruitless, as those who penned the original words have long since passed.
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