I received the following questions about Bullinger’s notes in the Companion Bible:

I was a little confused when in the Companion Bible Bullinger referenced Abraham in Malachi 2:15 about him being the one.  Any thoughts?

He does seem to pull Abraham out of the air there. I took it that the one seeking a Godly seed had best stick with one wife, as God intended. I don’t quite see why Abraham has anything to do with it, either.

In Gen. 1:1-2, Bullinger says the earth became waste by an enemy at this point and why man became ruin? I don’t get it.

Bullinger believed in the gap theory, or that there were millions of years between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Those who believe this imagine an earlier creation on earth populated by angelic beings, which was corrupted when Satan fell, and was destroyed by a great flood. They refer to several passages in Scripture that they think refer to this flood, though why they don’t refer to Noah’s flood they never satisfactorily explain. They also don’t seem to ask why God moved the angels, both fallen and not fallen, off the earth to heaven, and then destroyed the earth, later to populate it with a different race of beings. The idea is confusing and imaginary, not being found in Scripture, but being read in. Ultimately, it is an attempted compromise with the evolutionists and humanists, who insist they have evidence that the earth is millions of years old. Many believers used to hold this idea before we had good science to back up a young earth. Now, many have abandoned this imaginary idea, realizing that there is good reason to believe that the earth really is only about six thousand years old. Yet in the days of Bullinger, the gap theory was hugely popular among believers, and Bullinger fell in line with it.

How does Bullinger get the date 3194 BC from Gen. 6:3 about Adam’s days being 120 years?

He explains in his notes how he reckons the dates. He gets it from adding up the ages of various patriarchs like in Genesis 6, factoring in the dates given in the Bible like how long they were in Egypt, and so forth, and then trying to use these to go all the way back. You can get pretty close by doing this, although there are some gaps where you have to make some guesses.

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