While one extreme insists that the days of Genesis must strictly be interpreted as seven consecutive 24-hour periods (thus rendering the earth very young indeed — in the order of thousands, and not millions or billions, of years old), at the other extreme lies the notion that the early chapters of Genesis are devoid of any historical content at all.
It seems to me that there are three major subtopics which an article of this nature must address.
These are: In approaching the text of Genesis 1, we notice that there are certain features which are suggestive that the text need not be read as necessitating that we take a young-earth view. This being so, there is the implication that day 1 commences in verse 3, while the description in verses 1-2 of God creating the heavens and the earth precedes it.
On this view, it may well be the case that the individual days were separated from one another by unspecified periods of time.
This stands in stark contrast with the seventh day, for which it is curiously missing.
There is a plethora of competing views which reside in the middle of those polar extremes: Examples include the Day-Age Theory; the Gap Theory; and various forms of progressive creationism.
In this article, I attempt to show that, while it is possible to interpret the book of Genesis in light of a young earth, there is no Biblical mandate for this conclusion: That is to say, Genesis .This conclusion receives still further support from the fact that the verb “created” in verse 1 is in the perfect tense, whereas the use of the narrative tense begins in verse 3.When the perfect tense is used at the start of a pericope, its purpose is ordinarily to denote an event which sets the background and context of the storyline: That is to say, it takes place the rest of the story gets underway.On day 2, God separates the sky and sea; whereas, on day 5, God creates birds and sea creatures.On day 3, God causes dry land to appear; whereas on day 6, God creates the land animals and humans.a definite article associated with the sixth and seventh day, which seems to suggest there is something special — or different — about those latter two days.