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The Great Flood of Noah's Day and The Great Tan-neen of an Earlier Day

Updated on June 10, 2009

Many Christians are stuck in the dogma of reading and interpreting the bible literally with what ever words were used by the King James translators. And the secularists are often guilty of holding Christians to a litteral reading, especially when it comes to the Book of Genesis. In other words, the Bible teaches that the creation days were 24 hour periods of time and the entire globe was covered by flood waters in the day of Noah. But some of us have been freed from this literal interpretation because we know that those 6 creation days have to be long periods of time. We can see that the days fit in with discoveries made in paleontology and even with Big Bang cosmology. We know for instance that Adam could not have tended the garden, named all of the animals, felt lonely and lust driven, put into a sleep and had Eve separated from him (created) all in one day (actually, at the end of day 6). Didn't he say, "at long last, bone of my bones"? After a few hours? This hub is not about interpretting the 6 days of Genesis though. That is a large work and besides, there are several internet sites that effectively show that Genesis can easily be interpreted with Old Earth Creation.

But I have heard skeptics question why the great whales are created on day 5 before any mention of land creatures. Might be a problem with paleontology. Perhaps these great whales were land creatures. No, not the land creatures that evolutionists think evolved into whales. What I'm saying is, the section speaking of the creation of great whales, ain't talking about great whales. So what are they? It's talking about:

The Great Tan-neen

Exo. 7:9 and 7:10

When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Show a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast before Pharaoh, it shall become a serpent (tan-neen or tan-neem, a marine or land monster, that is, sea serpent or jackal: dragon, sea’monster, serpent, whale?).

10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the Lord had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent (tan-neen or tan-neem).

So what is a tan-neen?

Gen. 1:21

And God created great whales (taneen or taneem) and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Gen. 1:27

So God created man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Notice that God does not tell man to have dominion over the great tan-neen (KJ says great whales). Why?

  1. The rod in Exodus became a serpent when cast before Pharaoh. The Hebrew word for the serpent here, was tan-neen.
  2. On the fifth day God created the great tan-neen along with every living creature that moveth, and every winged fowl.
  3. God never gave man dominion over the great tan-neen. If tan-neen represents whales, why has man hunted the great ones nearly to extinction? Man obviously has dominion over the great whales.
  4. The serpent in Exodus cannot be a whale.
  5. The serpent in Exodus is what we would refer to as a reptile, though.

What great reptiles were created and died off millions of years before the creation of man, meaning man could not have ever had dominion over them?

But the young Earthers will protest. The great tan-neen wasn't dinosaurs cause King James say. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..OK, so the word of King James doesn't tell us about the most amazing land creatures ever to live. And don't get me started on Behemoth and Leviathan. They ain't dinosaurs. Now the young earthers will insist that the dinosaurs were even taken on to the Ark with Noah. You know, because the entire earth was flooded and blah, blah, blah.

First of all, the whole earth could not have been flooded. Both science and scripture refute a global flood in the day of Noah. The word used for earth could easily be interpreted for land. In other words, the land was flooded. Which part? The part with the evil. Probably the seed of Adam as I believe that there were societies of men prior to Adam. Remember, man was created on day 6. Adam was created to tend the garden. But that's for another time. What's important now is showing scriptural proof that the flood of Noah's day was not global. Rather, it flooded the land. Which land? Somewhere in the Mesopotamian region.

Either God didn't flood the earth a second time, or the scriptures lie. (In the the beginning the Earth was covered with water).

Every word below is irrefutably talking about the creation. None of it is talking about Noah’s flood.

Pangaea?? (Possibly)
Gen. 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so (or came to be so). And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good.v.11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass. . . .

Global Flood?? (Uuuuuuuummmm,,,,,No!!)

Talking to the seas-v.10 And broke up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shall thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

Job 38:11 When I said, Unto here shall you come but shall not proceed farther, And here a limit is set to the pride of your billows (waves).

Jer 5:22 Fear ye not Me? Saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at My presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves therof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? (except for Noah’s flood?)

Job 26:10
He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

Pro 8:29
When He established for the sea its statutory limit, so that the waters may not pass beyond His biddin, when He delineated the foundations of the earth.

Speaking of the creation. Not Noah’s flood:

Psa 104:6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At Thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of Thy thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

V.9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over, that they turn not again to cover the earth.

(With the exception of Noah’s flood because god had no clue that he would do such a thing?)

So I hope I've answered some of the critics who laugh to scorn the scriptures because they don't coroborate with science. Because I disagree.


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      Hell N0 8 years ago

      Wow genius, it took you a whole 5 seconds to read that and give your critique. What do mean 300 years ago. They were still selling people ways to get their parents out of purgatory. Do you really think people were concerned with the orinal Greek 300 years ago? Why not go back 1900 years. It appears that Josephus in his accounts of Genesis didn't think the Earth was 6000 years old either. And how in the world would they understand those passages anyway. They were not the ones that put great whales in the place of great tanneen. Your scorn is absurd and rubs off of me like soap falls off of you.

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      Mark Knowles 8 years ago

      I still scorn. As will everyone else with a brain. You can interpret the good book to mean just about anything you like it to mean.

      Especially with 20/20 hindsight.

      See - if you had proposed this BEFORE we knew about dinosaurs - say 300 years ago - I could buy it. LOLOLOLOL You guys are too funny.