Introduction: The Riddle of Creation

Chapter 1 -- But, But, But . . .

Genesis 1 Is Not Poetry
Genesis 1 Is Not Myth
        Babylonian Creation Epic--Enuma Elish
Genesis 1 Is Not Merely Allegory
Genesis 1 Is Accurate but Not Necessarily Obvious
Genesis 1 Is Like a Riddle

Chapter 2 -- Background Concepts

Original Hebrew
        Strings of Consonants
        Chapter Breaks
General Approaches to Translation
        Literal Translation
        Paraphrase Translation
        Dynamic Equivalence
Translation of Verbs
Nouns and the Meaning of "Day"

Chapter 3 -- What Conflict?

Science and God
        Changes in Scientific Thought

Chapter 4 -- Organizing the Biblical Text

Recognizing the Title
Modifying the Chapter Break
Using Poetic Structure for Poetry
The Septuagint Corrections
Structuring by Creative Act
Parenthetical indentation
Demonstration of the Structural Changes
Overlapping Events
Verbs Showing Action That Happened Over Time
The Genealogical or Thematic Approach

Chapter 5 -- Updating the Translation

The Expanse That Separates the Waters
"Gave" Instead of "Set"
Call the Sky "Sky"
Call the Land "Land"
The Type of Light
The Way Day 1 is Numbered
NOW the Earth Was Without Form
Adjust the Verb Tense
"It Came to Be So"
"Fill" Instead of "Replenish"
Both Types of Changes: Organization and Language
Chapter 6 -- The Days of Creation
The Days Do Not Contain the Events
The Days Teach Theology
        The Establishment of the Sabbath
        The Nature of God
        Theological Commemoration
Logical Context