It is obvious to me that the creation event happened more than 6,000 years ago. Our disagreement seems to be how much longer. I do not accept a gap theory in the days of creation. These days were literal days with evening and morning as Moses declared and just like the Jewish days on the Jewish calendar.
I think you are confusing Day Age Theory with an Gap or Interval interpretation.
G.H. Pember's book Earth's Earliest Ages
fromk which I first learned of the Interval between verse 1 and verse 2 of unspecified time argues for a typical solar day as you do.
I think you have to admit that what is written there has to be somewhat understood from some kind of local standpoint.
Do you believe that the earth was round on Day #1 ?
Or do you believe that the earth became round on some other day ?
If you believe that the earth was round on the first day then you have to admit that Evening and Morning - one day HAS to be understood from one side of the planet
From the other side of the planet it would have to be reckoned in reverse -
Morning and Evening - one day.
Unless you believe something like the earth was not round until some other solar day besides the first, it is hard to escape the nothing that the seerer or prophet is speaking from some kind of local standpount.
If that is the case it has to be understood that what we have in Genesis 1 cannot be exhaustive explanation of how God created everything. It has to be from some anthropomorphic standpoint for a reference that limited humans can understand.
But this should be obvious anyway. And not just because it was a pre-scientific world. Not just for that reason. But for the reason that the Genesis would be a thousand times larger in size if everything
was being explained.
One entire book could be devoted to just the subject of what water is. The conciseness, the poeticness of the writing should indicate that it is not a exhaustive explanation of God's creation.
At the same time I believe that it is true. It is true yet from some standpoint for human comprehension.
They were not days of 1,000 years each or days of undetermined time that could be up to billions of years.
I think you are confirming that you are confusing Day Age Theory with Gap Theory.
Day Age is an interpretation argued by Hugh Ross. I appreciate Hugh Ross's few books very much. I have not gone along with Ross on Day Age Theory.
Maybe you are saying that an interval between verse 1 and verse 2 is somewhat the same as making one day a long age. Maybe that is a criticism some might hold.
Anyway, I believe in a pre-adamic earth. And you and jaywill (me) had quite a few posts already on that. I thought I learned something. I hope you did also.
They are literal 24 hour Jewish days and that is the only explanation I accept. Any other teaching I consider a false teaching and not from God.
I thnk the time is approaching when Christians need to be more concerned with how it is all going to end a little more than how it all began.