Creationist view on absolute relative dating
That means the text of the Bible itself (3300 years ago), the translation of the Torah into Aramaic by Onkelos (100 CE), the Talmud (redacted about the year 500 CE), and the three major Torah commentators.There are many, many commentators, but at the top of the mountain there are three, accepted by all: Rashi (11th century France), who brings the straight understanding of the text, Maimonides (12th century Egypt), who handles the philosophical concepts, and then Nachmanides (13th century Spain), the earliest of the Kabbalists.Two-thirds of the scientists gave the same answer: "Beginning? Aristotle and Plato taught us 2400 years ago that the universe is eternal.Oh, we know the Bible says 'In the beginning.' That's a nice story, but we sophisticates know better. In 1965, Penzias and Wilson discovered the echo of the Big Bang in the black of the sky at night, and the world paradigm changed from a universe that was eternal to a universe that had a beginning.Now, again, put yourself into the mindset of 1500 years ago, the time of the Talmud. You think that 1500 years ago they thought that God couldn't make it all in 6 days? We have a problem today with cosmology and scientific data.But 1500 years ago, what's the problem with 6 days for an infinitely powerful God? So when the Sages excluded these six days from the calendar, and said that the entire text is parable, it wasn't because they were trying to apologize away what they'd seen in the local museum. The fact is that a close reading of the text makes it clear that there's information hidden and folded into layers below the surface." Now, in 1959, astronomy was popular, but cosmology ― the deep physics of understanding the universe ― was just developing.The response to that survey was recently republished in Scientific American ― the most widely read science journal in the world.
The first thing we have to understand is the origin of the Biblical calendar.The apples of gold are the secrets held within the silver dish of the Torah Text.Thousands of years ago we learned that there are subtleties in the Text that expand the meaning way beyond its simple reading. Natural History and Human History There are early Jewish sources that tell us that the Bible’s calendar is in two-parts (even predating Leviticus Rabba which goes back almost 1500 years and says it explicitly).Universe with a Beginning In 1959, a survey was taken of leading American scientists.Among the many questions asked was, "What is your concept of the age of the universe?