In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.(Genesis 7:11) ESV
The deep and the great deep are both translated from the same Hebrew word, tehom. The difference signifies a transition from the deep where Earth was created to when the great deep is in the interior of the Earth.
At the end of the second day the Earth was a solid sphere submerged in water. It had a specific volume. The water around it also had a specific volume. We envisioned a process whereby the solid Earth is formed into a hollow vessel like a potter making a jar out of clay. It’s flowery poetic language and a great example of Hypothesis 22.
to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;(Psalms 136:6) ESV
The passage of the deep into the Earth was through channels which became known as the fountains of the great deep. This is also when the deep begins to be referred to as the great deep. We’ve deduced a process for the creative act of the third day, the emergence of the dry land, that allows us to develop a model of the interior of the Earth which accounts for all of the physical features of the Earth mentioned in the Bible.
It begins as a solid lump until the potter presses his thumb or finger into the clay. The outer diameter of the clay increases, but the volume of clay material doesn’t change. As the potter works to stretch out the clay the volume of material is constant, so the larger the vessel the thinner the wall of it will be.
It’s helpful to understand the fountains of the great deep as part of the creative process. Their use in the time of Noah to flood the Earth is secondary, it wasn’t their primary function. They allow the deep to drain through the crust and mantle of the Earth as the crust and mantle is spread out to form the dry land and the great gulf between the foundations of the earth and the mantle.
We’ve deduced the hydrological cycle of the Earth on the third day:
The Hydrological Cycle of the Original Earth
- Water from the great deep upwells at Eden,
- it splits into four rivers,
- these spill over four waterfalls on the North, West and South of Eden,
- four rivers water the whole land,
- the water enters the sea,
- then returns to the great deep in the interior of the Earth,
- the water is heated by hell, the fire kindled in Deuteronomy 32:22,
- it expands and upwells again at Eden.
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