Radioisotopes in carbon dating
Our English expression: "The dawning of an age" serves to illustrate this point.
The intended meaning of the word should be determined from the context.
We understand this from the word "sprout," which refers to God allowing the earth to produce plants through germination (sprouting).
The Hebrew word dasha tells us that God used processes identical to what we see on the earth today. Some Christians claim that God could have sped up the process so that it all this sprouting and growing happened within a period of 24-hours.
Although many Christians claim this makes the days exactly 24-hours in length, the Hebrew word translated "day" in English actually has three literal translations; the daylight portion of a 24-hour day, a 24-hour day, and a long, unspecified period of time (as in "day of the dinosaurs").
The Hebrew word translated "evening" also means "sunset," "night" or "ending of the day." The Hebrew word translated "morning" also means "sunrise," "coming of light," "beginning of the day," or "dawning," with possible metaphoric usage.
Several Christian ministries promote the idea that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, which they say comes from the Bible.By cross referencing the biblical genealogies with other events dated in the Bible, one can find instances where numerous genealogies were telescoped, resulting in the exclusion of numerous generations of individuals.When examining individual genealogies, one can find examples where individuals are excluded or added to the lists found in Genesis.In fact, the original biblical languages contained many fewer words than modern English, which means that the words in those languages had more different meanings.In the Genesis 1 creation account, each "day" ends as "evening and morning 'n' day," where "n" is the day's number.
In reality, the Bible makes no claim as to the age of the earth, although it does establish a minimum age.