Biblical Faith – with Sam Peak
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Bereishit 8:22, “As long as the earth lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.” Sforno explains: “They ‘will not cease,’ but will continue in this unnatural condition which Elokim brought since the mabbul. Before the mabbul the apparent circuit of the sun was directly around the equator. The change in the attitude of the earth after the mabbul, so that the earth faces the sun at an inclination of the axis, it is the cause of the varying seasons. Before the mabbul the climate was perpetually warm due to the sun striking the earth directly at the equator. That environment was extradordinarily robust compared to the modern world’s and the earth had greater energy in all its members, mineral, vegetable, animal, and human. For this reason their lives were extraordinarily long.”
From “Mysteries of the Creation” by Rabbi Dovid Brown. We are studying from the following pages: pg. 112–116.
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