It is beginning to look more and more like the Bible is explaining modern science to people from thousands of years ago. In a previous post, JP said in the comments that the first chapter 0f Genesis is indeed literal but it's mystical. Ok, let's grant that. How do we know that the mysticism isn't in fact referring to 20/21st century science?
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֗ים הִנֵּה֩ נָתַ֨תִּי לָכֶ֜ם אֶת־ כָּל־ עֵ֣שֶׂב זֹרֵ֣עַ זֶ֗רַע אֲשֶׁר֙ עַל־ פְּנֵ֣י כָל־ הָאָ֔רֶץ וְאֶת־ כָּל־ הָעֵ֛ץ אֲשֶׁר־ בֹּ֥ו פְרִי־ עֵ֖ץ זֹרֵ֣עַ זָ֑רַע לָכֶ֥ם יִֽהְיֶ֖ה לְאָכְלָֽה׃
And God said Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed to you it shall be for meat.
וּֽלְכָל־ חַיַּ֣ת הָ֠אָרֶץ וּלְכָל־ עֹ֨וף הַשָּׁמַ֜יִם וּלְכֹ֣ל רֹומֵ֣שׂ עַל־ הָאָ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־ בֹּו֙ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֔ה אֶת־ כָּל־ יֶ֥רֶק עֵ֖שֶׂב לְאָכְלָ֑ה וַֽיְהִי־ כֵֽן׃
And to every beast of the earth and to every fowl of the air and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat and it was so.
וַיַּ֤רְא אֱלֹהִים֙ אֶת־ כָּל־ אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂ֔ה וְהִנֵּה־ טֹ֖וב מְאֹ֑ד וַֽיְהִי־ עֶ֥רֶב וַֽיְהִי־ בֹ֖קֶר יֹ֥ום הַשִּׁשִּֽׁי׃
And God saw every thing that he had made and behold it was very good And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
One can speculate that it seems to be saying that the first animals were in fact carnivores and then God made some of them herbivores (does "every animal" meeeeaaan every animal or is it metaphor?).
It seems to be consistent with evolutionary thought in a metaphoric sense; if you don't take it too literal, which you shouldn't, referring to the unspecific nature of the creation story that takes place before the Bible talks about Adam and Eve.
Alternatively, you can speculate that the first animals were indeed herbivores. The eoraptor, one of the world's earliest dinosaurs, has some herbivore teeth. They say modern humans were originally herbivores.
Check this out from Science Daily.
We just finished the first chapter of Genesis. XD
This is just speculation though. I do not claim to be an expert in the evolutionary timeline.
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