I've come to believe as the Jews teach - that Genesis 1 is the story of the formation of the country of Israel, rather than the earth. The product of a lot of study into ancient writings.You believe that Genesis is misinterpreted? By who?
FWIW, the story of the physical creation does appear in the Bible. It's in Job, a book which is older than Genesis.
Currently, by pretty much all of Christendom. The rabbis seem to have a better grasp on it. Assyriologists, experts in near East language and customs, also seem to have a pretty good handle on Genesis.
God told Moses to write down the events of creation.
Book, chapter and verse, please?
Here is the problem. Scientists believe that the complete universe came into existence in a split second. They accept the fact that against all logic, something as complex and immeasurably large as the universe can come to be in a blink of an eye.
I don't really want to argue the science of this, but you might want to check and see if you're creating a strawman there. The last time I cared enough to look at what science had to say on the matter, they were very fixated on a process taking "billions and billions of years."
In the NT testament some claims are made that are even older than Genesis or Job.
For example 1 Peter 1:20 "He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was manifested in these last times for your sake"
We know that 1 Peter is newer than Genesis or Job, and we also know that similarly to Genesis, 1 Peter was inspired by God.
So, if we take 1 Peter to be true due to inspiration, why think Genesis is misinterpreted?
1 Peter doesn't have much of anything to say about the creation. I'm not sure why you're bringing it into the argument?
Job contains the creation story (chapters 38-42), which was why I mentioned it. But that isn't an argument for Genesis being misinterpreted. Job is just an interesting point of reference, since it allows us to compare the two accounts.
Genesis is misinterpreted because we interpret it badly, using Western and modern norms on a text that is neither Western in origin nor modern in its genesis.
By that same logic we may as well state that much of the NT is misinterpreted, such as the apostles writing about 6 days creation, or even the genealogies they post all the way back to Adam.
By all means, let's take some erroneous logic that you invented out of thin air, and then take it to logical extremes... that seems like a fair way of arguing...
I reckon the flood can than also be misinterpreted even though the NT writers take that to be a real event.
Every NT writer, all considered inspired by God, take the events and people mentioned in Genesis as real straightforward events and people.
Then, if we consider the gospel the NT preaches as a real straightforward true event, should we then not logically also take the apostles inspiration on the creation event as literal?
You know what's interesting? This is actually what gets taught to Christians in church on this topic. They tell you - if Genesis isn't 100% literal, then that must mean that the entire rest of the Bible is a fairy tale!
That isn't actually true. If Genesis isn't 100% literal, then that means that we must work at understanding each book and chapter and verse for what it says, in context, to determine what is literal and what is not.
But, gosh, that's a whole lot of work! Know who isn't willing to put in that much work for the sake of understanding the Bible? Pretty much everyone, it turns out. From choir boys to doctors of Theology.
It's much easier to create a simple set of high level rules of interpretation, even though blanket rules of this kind break down and fail when used on individual portions of Scripture. There's even a couple names for doing this - it's called Systematic Theology, or Hermeneutics. You can go take a class (or 12) in how to do it. You too can create your very own paradigm for interpreting the Bible! Or if you're feeling ambitious, you can divide history into sections, and assign different rules for each part!
The Jews taught a lot of things, and as Jesus showed us...they had it all wrong.
Jesus literally wiped the floor with Jewish theology and interpretation. For the Jews everything written in scripture was exclusively written for Jews and to Jews.
And they studied, and studied, and argued, and studied...and build a complete false theology around all their studies and wisdom.
Then Jesus came...and did away with it all.
Yep, the Pharisees had a very literal interpretation of all this, and Jesus came and smashed it to bits, and reinterpreted it all according to the spirit rather than the letter. Mmmm hmmm.