Ray on the Purpose of Creation in “The Wisdom of God”

Hubble telescope image of the Sombrero Galaxy

John Ray’s most famous work is  The Wisdom of God which, like many books at the time, he continually revised and reissued until the time of his death and then even after his death edits he had made to manuscripts were incorporated into later editions.   The result of these many editions is that slight […]

Ray to Lhwyd in 1695 continued: Fossils and the Flood

Nodule containing fern fossil (click for larger image)

The same letter of Ray’s to Lhwyd in 1695 that I posted recently goes on to explain Ray’s feelings about the new flood theories that were being promoted in the late 1600s and some observations on fossils.    The letter reveals Ray’s reading of the prevailing interpretation of the flood narratives of Genesis in his day.  […]

Mather on Genesis 1:21: What is the great sea creature?

SeaMonster

A note on Genesis 1:21 and the creation of the great sea creature  From page 328 of the 2011 translation of Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana vol 1 we find the following question and answer: “Q.  What are the Creatures intended in the Original, where our Translation reads, Great Whales?  V.21. A.  Job Ludolphus ha’s demonstrated, […]

A New Old Genesis Commentary – The Mather Project

Cotton Mather - Biblia Americana

An interesting new resource for research into 17th century natural history has been made available this year in the form of the first of what will be 10 volumes of the monumental work Biblia American by Cotton Mather (1663-1928).    The first volume coves this American puritan’s commentary on Genesis.   Unfortunately the book is rather expensive […]

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