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A Biblical Typology of Light

Part 1

And God Said “Let There Be Light” and there was light.

By: David Deschesne

Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal

May 19, 2010, p. 8

The opening of the Genesis story of Creation in the original Hebrew reads slightly different than the traditionally accepted King James Version of the Bible.

While King James translators state, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth...” the original Hebrew states, “When God began to create the heaven and the earth...”

After that brief opener, the Bible states the very first thing God actually created was light. But what is light?

The radio frequency spectrum is comprised of a series of electromagnetic waves that propagate through space, oscillating between positive and negative voltage potentials at a given frequency per second (Hertz). It starts with the familiar Kilohertz and Megahertz of commercial broadcast radio stations, then increases to the popular Gigahertz band, which is the band of microwave frequencies just below infrared that cell phones use to communicate with cell towers. Once one passes the infrared band, the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum our eyes can perceive is found in visible light.

Light is an electromagnetic wave, like radio waves, that occupies the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum starting at about 3 Gigahertz (GHz) - the infrared portion of the spectrum - and goes all the way up to 30 Exahertz (EHz, 1015) - the Gamma Ray portion of the spectrum and beyond.

The “light” that people popularly equate with the light God is said to have created in Genesis 1:3 is visible light. But as just illustrated, light occurs in a very large frequency range of which only a small portion is actually visible to the biological eyeball and retina of the life forms here on Earth.

The frequency of visible light is in the Terahertz range, from 430 THz - 750 THz. Above the visible light portion of the spectrum is Ultraviolet, X-Rays and Gamma Rays.

So, the light that was created by God is much more likely to be all oscillating electromagnetic waves in general, not just the small fraction of waves that are visible to the human eye.

The Hebrew word for Light is אור, “or”. Hebrew letters also have pictographs and symbolism attached to them that in many cases help in the construction of a word’s definition. In אור the three letters symbolically mean;

א : Chief, creator, head

ו : redemption/transformation

ר : wickedness, wicked


Combined in a construct chain (and reading from right to left, as Hebrew words are), the symbolism appears to say, “The Creator transformed wicked, disordered energy into ordered energy of given frequencies” in order to establish the intended meaning of the word “light.”

Einstein showed with his E=MC2 formula that all mass is energy and all energy can be converted to mass. Interestingly, the Biblical word for “earth” in Genesis has in its roots, the word for “light” or “energy” that is ultimately formed into the solid mass we experience here in the physical realm.

Earth in Hebrew isארץ , “eretz,” and features two of the primary letters found in אור. The construct chain of ארץ is;

א : Chief, creator, head

ר : wickedness, wicked

ץ : righteousness


This appears to say, “the Creator caused wicked/disordered [energy] to be righteous/ordered (in order to follow His rule or pattern).

In this context, God didn’t just create the earth and light as the overly simplified literal translation of the Bible has been accepted as saying, but instead He created and ordered all energy waves that oscillate between various positive and negative potentials and caused some of that energy to become solid and appear as the physical realm - earth.

In the next section of this series, we will explore the various realms of energy and the metaphorical use of earth, heavens, light, waters and dry land as used in the Creation story and attempt to show how God constructed all mass in the universe out of nothing more than oscillating wavelengths of energy called light.

continue to Part 2