As I was surfing today, I stumbled on Daniel Streett’s (for me un-spell-able and un-pronounceable) blog on Koine Greek and the New Testament. While I have to admit that most of the blog is… er… Latin to me, all my rereading of the early chapters of Genesis primed me for this post: Philo’s Rejection of Six-Day Creationism.
In short, Daniel reports that Philo believed that the six-day creation cycle described in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 referred not to six physical days, but rather logical days. God, of course, did it all instantaneously. Philo also looks at the separate stories for the creation of women in Genesis 1:27 and 2:18. It’s well worth a read.
While I don’t need a reminder that philosophers and theologians have been practicing biblical textual criticism for thousands of years, it’s fascinating to read sort of a Jewish-Hellenistic approach to the challenges of the text. I’ve been spending too much time with the Dead Sea Scrolls! Now, I need to buy myself one of these: