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August 4, 2007 

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Q: Why do some people say that there is a gap between the first two verses of Genesis 1?

A: The idea of adding a break between the first two verses of Genesis 1 is called the gap theory, and there are many different versions of this theory. But they all, in some way, try to fit the supposed billions of years of earth’s history between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.

But the Hebrew grammar does not allow for such a gap.

Genesis 1:2 begins: “And the earth … .” The use of the English word “and” there is because of what’s called an explanatory use of a waw disjunctive in Hebrew, when it is connected to a noun like “earth.” In Hebrew grammar, this means this verse is a comment on the previous verse. It is not a part of the sequence of the narrative.

Now in verse 1:3, we read “And God said … .”

When the waw is connected to a verb like “said,” this is called a waw consecutive. This means this is part of the sequence of the narrative.

Thus, Genesis 1:1 actually connects directly to verse 1:3—so verse 1:2, where there is an alleged gap, is a comment or description of the earth in verse 1:1.

The bottom line is that the original Hebrew grammar does not allow for a gap between the first two verses.

For more information on the gap theory, see From the beginning of the creation.

Recommended resources:

The Six Days of Genesish
The Six Days of Genesis
What the Genesis Text Really Says About Creation
What the Genesis Text Really Says About Creation
The Genesis Record
The Genesis Record
The NEW Answers Book
The NEW Answers Book

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July 28: News to Note, July 28, 2007
July 30: The Mother Lode of Ancestral Moms
July 30: A science center’s not-so-scientific critique of the Creation Museum
July 31: Creation geologists meet at Cedarville
August 1: Jesus, evangelical scholars, and the age of the earth
August 2: A meeting of the minds
August 2: War of the Worldviews, chapter 13: What is a Biblical Worldview?
August 3: Feedback: Does the lack of a forum mean we’re afraid?
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