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Dr. Barrick is Professor Emeritus Old Testament at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA (1997–present). He is Old Testament editor for the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (Logos/Lexham) and writer of the Genesis volume. His ministries include lay elder at Placerita Bible Church, Santa Clarita, CA, board secretary for Canyon Ministries (also co-leads rafting trips in the Grand Canyon), and Biblical Editor for the Creation Research Society Quarterly. Among many publications: chapter in Searching for Adam, ed. T. Mortenson (2016, Master Books) and a paper in Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Creationism in 2003. Web site: www.drbarrick.org.
This paper performs a detailed exegesis of Psalm 104:8 and its context (Psalm 104:5–10) in the original Hebrew to identify the timing and nature of the events about which the psalmist writes. The exegetical analysis includes the text’s poetic structure and devices, as well as its grammar and vocabulary. That interpretive process results in some significant implications. The analysis of Psalm 104:8 in its context supports a possible reference to a global cataclysmic Flood. Therefore, the psalmist’s declaration that “The mountains rose; the valleys sank down” might correspond with tectonic activity during and after the Flood. “To the place which You established for them” indicates the configuration of the earth’s surface after an uplift of mountains and lowering of valleys.
Psalm 104, creation, chaos, literary structure, “deep, ” “rebuke, ” Flood, Genesis, global tectonics, world rift system, continent(s), orogeny, ocean basins
Barrick, W.D. 2018. Exegetical analysis of Psalm 104:8 and its possible implications for interpreting the geological record. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Creationism, ed. J.H. Whitmore, pp. 95–102. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Creation Science Fellowship.