Genesis 9:2 – a factual statement or not?

For those of you who interpret Genesis 1-11 in a concrete manner (ie you believe that it is a factual account and that the details should be intepreted without considering metaphor, myth, symbolism or that the literary genre of Genesis 1-11 might not be historic narrative in the post-Enlightenment modern sense of ‘history”)… a question:

Genesis 9:2 says

The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.

That is not literally true.

So how do you reconcile that with a belief that the rest of Genesis 1-11 is a historic factual narrative wherein the details are to be interpreted in a concrete manner?

If this verse employs hyperbole, why is the rest of Genesis 1-11 pure narrative discourse to be interpreted concretely?

Jude 2


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2 Responses to “Genesis 9:2 – a factual statement or not?”

  1. Preacherman Says:

    No everything is meant to be taken literal. Holistic. Yes. Literal no. Literal 24 hr days in creation. A talking snake.

  2. ozjane Says:

    Are there any fish or animals that are not hunted by mankind?

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