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B412:  Yom, when used with an ordinal, Yom always means a 24 hour day


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The Hebrew word Yom, when used with an ordinal (i.e. first day, second day, etc) always means a 24 hour day


Source:  Numerous sources





  1. In Zechariah 14:7-9, the "one day" refers to a period of time when the Lord shall be king over the earth.  In other places, some say that Isaiah and Hosea have numbers with the word day which are figurative (External Link).  Young earth creationists have addressed the Zechariah verse, but supply inadequate answers to explain it away

  2. There is no such rule in Hebrew language which insists on a 24-hour day with an ordinal.  It is a rule invented by young earth creationist scholars to support their particular interpretation (see link below)


For more Reading:


Yom article section

Word Study: Yom

Numeric Modifier?  Where did the Hebrew rule for interpreting Yom as 24 hours when it is accompanied with a number come from?  Dr. Hugh Ross explores this in his weekly radio broadcast  (RealAudio)



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