Originally Posted by Liquesce
Words can't mean anything just randomly though. My point has been that "day" is a word chosen to depict a concept to an audience for whom "day" does have definitions. The story is not of god talking to himself with no intention to inform anyone. If I mean something is going to take a really, really long time, if I wish to be understood I'm not going to tell you, "oh, it'll be about a day," because that would necessarily be grossly misunderstood. It's not normal English. I'd just like to know if the original word being used in a non-literal sense is shown within it's own language in any context other than this one.
Yes, you could probably find good discussions of the use of the word day in this context in some scholarly journals about philology. I believe a pp has already alluded to it.
But I think the logical problem - what does a day mean when the story is being told from God's perspective, before a day could even exist, is also a good indicator that it is not meant in the usual way.
The creation story is one of the oldest sections of the scriptures, and has many interesting quirks of language that are related to it's very early date - although it was actually written down much later, the writers kept many of these strange language quirks that must have seemed rather odd to them. It can sometimes be hard to interpret these oddities, because we know so little about why they may have been used, if they are a remnant from the past or something added later when it was written down. THere are a lot of questions around the use of the word day in the creation story, but alas, no definitive answers.
You might find some stuff if you looked up Genesis and textual criticism, although there is a lot of very bad work done in that area, so it can be hard to sort the good from the bad if you are just starting.