Did It Rain before the Flood?  What Generated the Preflood Mist?

Did It Rain before the Flood?  What Generated the Preflood Mist?

Genesis 2:5–6 suggests that it did not rain before the flood

[5 No plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Yahweh God had not caused it to rain on the earth. There was not a man to till the ground, but a mist went up from the earth, and watered the whole surface of the ground.]

Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth; and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.1 [emphasis added] …

Rainbows God promised never again to flood the entire Earth (Genesis 9:12–17), a promise marked by a “bow in the cloud”—a rainbow. Rainbows form when raindrops refract sunlight. This suggests that rainbows began after the flood, and there was no preflood rain. …

A Terrarium The Hebrew word translated “mist”($!), in Genesis 2:6, occurs in only one other place in the Bible—Job 36:27, where it clearly means water vapor. So, did the preflood Earth act as a humid terrarium in which water vapor evaporated, condensed as dew without rainfall, and watered the Earth?  Could an Earth-size terrarium…

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