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How do Jews believe the universe was created?

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September 24, 2017 7:35AM

Jewish tradition holds that God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. The creation of the world is described in Genesis ch.1.
However, the fact is that Jews today have different beliefs about the creation of the world.

Answer The Torah tells us that God created the world, but not how He did it. Many Jews, including some who are religiously observant, see no conflict between the Big Bang Theory and the story of creation.

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October 14, 2016 2:00PM

This is a difference between Liberal Jews and Orthodox/Torah Jews. Orthodox Jews generally see the Genesis Account of Creation, as summarized by Expert Dan Galilee, as an actual historical set of events that explain how the universe was created. Liberal Jews generally see the Genesis Account of Creation either as a metaphor for the current science that points the Big Bang or completely incorrect and simply an outdated understanding of the cosmos.

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October 24, 2015 7:45PM

A Jewish summary of the Creation-narrative is that, day by day, God created the universe and everything in it (Genesis ch.1).On day 1: God created the universe in general, light, and this Earth. The light was not the same as that of the sun.

On day 2: God created the separation between the Earth and the upper atmosphere.

On day 3: God separated the continents from the oceans, and created plants.

On day 4: God created the sun, moon, and stars.

On day 5: God created birds and fish.

On day 6: God created animals and people.

On day 7: God ceased creating, thereby creating the concept of rest.

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