(c) 2000 Dr Hendel; 1st appeared in Torah Forum (c) Project Genesis

Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 12:42:21 -0500
From: rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu (Russell Hendel)
Subject: Re: Age of the Earth

Moshe Farsi, in Torah Forum, Volume 1, Number 43 asks whether rainbows
existed before the flood and if so what really happened when G-d made the
rainbow a symbol that he would not destroy the world (as he promised Noach
after he left the ark).

Rav Hirsch discusses this in his commentary. His answer is that rainbows
existed before the flood. What happened in Gen 9 is that G-d INVESTED the
ALREADY EXISTING rainbow with symbolic significance.

Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA
RHendel @ mcs drexel edu