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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Considered a classic in Christian apologetics, this scholarly analysis of the Biblical phrase "without form and void," from the opening chapter of Genesis, observes the rules of linguistics, of grammar and syntax, and also examines how words are used in the rest of Scripture.
This book has been described as the best argument that has ever been written for the Gap Theory. A Considered a classic in Christian apologetics, this scholarly analysis of the Biblical phrase "without form and void," from the opening chapter of Genesis, observes the rules of linguistics, of grammar and syntax, and also examines how words are used in the rest of Scripture. Custance contends that we should not allow science to determine what Scripture says.
Neither should we allow Scripture to determine what the scientist observes in the laboratory. Yet observed fact in the one cannot, ultimately, conflict with revealed fact in the other.
Any conflict, then, is in the interpretation of the facts - not in the facts themselves. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Without Form and Void , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Without Form and Void.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 16, Randy rated it really liked it. Since almost all English translations render it the first way, one might be tempted to think that the answer is obvious, straightforward, and free from any ambiguity.
What is termed the Gap Theory actually consists of two related but distinct views. The first, which forms the bulk of the book, is whether the Hebrew verb in Gen. There are a couple of claims that are often cited that do a lot of rhetorical work for critics of this view which, upon examination, are shown to be false.
One is the idea that no Hebrew scholar supports or even gives any serious thought to this view. In response, we are introduced to several recognized and respected Hebraists who support the Gap Theory either in its entirety for example, E. Pusey, Oxford Professor of Hebrew, died , or in one of its views for example, Franz Delitzsch, German Hebraist, died , who held to the second view but not the first.
Another claim is that the Gap Theory is recent. This is supposed to have solved the problem of time by an expeditious interpretation previously unrecognized. This convenient little device was attributed by many to Thomas Chalmers in the middle of the 19th century.
Rather than being recent, this is an ancient view, long antedating modern geological views. Victor d. A good portion of the book is devoted to a two-part linguistic argument. If the word order is inverted, such that the subject precedes the verb, this is a device that serves the purpose of communicating a pluperfect tense, which is used to describe an action that had already finished when another action happened.
In fact, inverting the word order is the only way that Hebrew can do this. And this inverted word order is just what we find in Gen. What matters is reasons, not numbers. He would ask whether those involved in modern translations are even aware of the background information that is now available on the matter, or whether for some authorities prejudice could possibly play a part, as they would have associated the alternative rendering with Fundamentalism, the movement which popularized it, and simply dismissed the subject as unworthy of serious study.
He notes that the Septuagint translators made an odd exception in their translation from Hebrew into Greek in that only in Gen. The suggestion is made that the translators felt that such a rendering, though not being entirely precise, would nevertheless be appropriate because it would allow them to present a cosmogony which avoided conflict with that held by the Greeks whereby creation began with a Chaos rather than a Cosmos.
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Without Form and Void: A Study of the Meaning of Genesis 1:2
Arthur C. Custance — was a Canadian physiologist and writer, best known for his advocation of gap creationism. Custance was born in Norfolk , England. He received his early education there and moved to Canada at age He attended the University of Toronto where he obtained B. Custance obtained a Ph. Between and he wrote the ten volume "Doorway Papers" that attempt to bridge the gap between a scientific and a Christian worldview.
Without Form and Void
Now Available! One might suppose that the rendering of Hebrew into English is a rather straightforward matter without any ambiguity whatsoever. But Dr. Custance shows that there are two permissible translations of the Hebrew associated with this phrase.