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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Noah's Ark and Biblical "Kinds"

Mockers of the Bible will often try to pretend that they're the smartest steers on the ranch. But when they play word games when attacking, they shoot themselves in the hoof. For instance, "The word 'dinosaur' isn't in the Bible!" Know why? Scriptures existed a long, long time before Richard Owen came up with the word. On a related note, they quibble about the biblical word "kind" (as in created kinds, such as in Genesis 1:24-25), insisting that the ancient texts conform to modern taxonomic classifications.

The biblical created "kinds" do not precisely match modern taxonomic classifications. What are the "kinds" referred to in the Creation and with Noah's Ark?
"The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark", Jacopo Bassano, 1570
A reasonable question is, "What are the created kinds in the Bible?" We have some difficulties here because it is from an ancient text, and translation can be tricky. Most biblical creationists do not match them up with the modern word "species" (and it doesn't help that scientists are not in full agreement on the definition of that word), and reckon that it is closer to the "family" classification. For more information and additional links therein, kindly read "Feedback: What Does 'Two of Every Kind' Mean?"