I was raised in young-earth creationism and moved to other approaches as I grew up. This path tends to colour how I view YEC. It seemed simplistic while the cool “ahah!” moments that surfaced something new in the text largely came from exploring other perspectives. But I know that’s not everyone’s experience.
This thread is for insightful biblical interpretations from YEC proponents. If you moved to YEC later in life, maybe share something you discovered about a passage from a YEC that made a lightbulb go on. Or, if you’ve left YEC, is there a reading that sticks with you and remains helpful even though the overall picture now looks different? The reading doesn’t need to originate with YEC or be unique to YEC, but it’s something you encountered through YEC.
One for me is the significance of “waw consecutives.” In Hebrew, a sequence of actions is often chained together by placing the letter waw (or vav) in front of the verbs. Although the syntax can have a few different meanings, typically it links events as consecutive. The effect is like placing “and then” between the events.
I first heard about waw consecutives in a YEC article that also showed how pervasive they are in Genesis 1. The article used this to argue against a poetic reading or one that saw the days as thematic while the actual events took place in a different order. While I don’t agree with every conclusion drawn from them (since non-literal narratives can use waw consecutives just as literal ones do), I still find it helpful to look closely at the sequence presented in the text. A subsequent “ahah!” moment – seeing that “and there was evening, and there was morning” described the uneventful passing of a night rather than the summary of a day – depended on what that YEC article taught me about waw consecutives.
What insightful readings or reading strategies have others here gleaned from YEC sources?