*Were the 6 days of creation in Genesis literal 24 hours days?
The word day, yom in Hebrew can mean a period of time (both sort or long). Such as in Genesis 2:4: “This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. ” And also the Day of the Lord is used to signify the tribulation period. It should be obvious that the word day in this manner is a summation of a period of time and not a 24 hour period.
However, when we read the narrative of the six days of creation, there is mentioned were evening and morning and the number of days in succession. This means they were normal 24-hour days (Gen. 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31). When the word “day” is prefaced with a numeral next to it, it always refers to a normal day, just as we have today. “Day one” (“first day,” Gen. 1:5), “day two” (“second day,” Gen. 1:8), “day three” (“third day,” Gen. 1:13), “day four” (“fourth day,” Gen. 1:19), “day five” (“fifth day,” Gen. 1:23), “day six” (“sixth day,” Gen. 1:31), “day seven” (“seventh day,” Gen. 2:3).
Nearly two thousand times the word yom is in the Old Testament, rarely is it used to refer to a time period longer than twenty-four hours, it is mostly used for a specific day. However, when a numerical adjective is attached to the word ‘day’ it mean exactly what the number states, the context demands it to be interpreted in this manner for it to be consistent with the rest of the Scripture..
The “days” of creation are associated to “years” in Gen. 1:14. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.” The word ‘Days’ in Genesis 1:14 is put alongside ‘years,’ their duration cannot be arrived at by any subjective interpretation. Both of these are fixed movements of the earth in reference to the earths orbit around the sun. Days and years- These are the same units of time we work with today, nothing has changed. If days are to be determined as longer than 24 hours than we must do the same for the term ‘years.’ They are for signs and seasons, which we also have throughout history and today. so there is no getting around the literal terms to describe our world.
If we do not go by the standard God set then the Bible becomes arbitrary and one can reinterpret any passage top mean whatever they want. Gen 8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark. The bible is very specific in its recording o dates and times
The six days of creation are the same type of days as the Sabbath day (Ex. 20:8-11) that is one of the days of creation that God rested on, and is the seventh day that God gave Israel to rest. Literally the same amount of time. God instructed Israel:
Exodus 20:8-9: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
Exodus 20:11: “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.
Exodus 31:14-15: “Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD.” This is because God worked on 6 days and Israel is remember their god is the creator of heaven and earth.
The first five chapters of the Bible is written as history; there is nothing in the record to indicate that it is not to be interpreted literally, but allegorically or symbolically.
Adam and Eve are spoken of in the rest of the Bible (34 times in the Bible) as real people in a real garden. They are mentioned in at least four books of the Old Testament (Genesis 2-5; Deuteronomy 32:8; 1 Chronicles 1:1; and Job 31:33) and in eight books of the New Testament (Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-8; Luke 3:38; Romans 5:12, 14; 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; and Jude 14). To believe that the Bible is both the inerrant and infallible Word of God one cannot reject historicity of the account of Adam and Eve and all that surrounds them. Even Jesus Christ spoke of Adam and Eve as historic figures (Mark 10:6-8). The Bible traces His genealogy is from Adam (Luke 3:23-38). If Adam and Eve were not historical figures, then their fall is a myth, Christ did not tell the truth and the cross of Christ would not be necessary (Romans 5:12-19). But the Bible has a consistent message written through its numerous authors over 1500 years- that is a redeemer for sinful man would come.