Posted by Kris the Girl on Sun, 02/06/2005 - 9:44am.
So I found the passage--Genesis 2:5 & 6 says "and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground..."

my footnote for the word "streams" says "or mist." Some translations use something more like Springs from the ground. This passage is in the middle of talking about how God made man, so it's just background--kind of like while the earth was formless, before the whole part about water teeming with creatures and the land producing livestock, there was no rain.
Which, why would there be, if there were no plants and animals yet to need it? But I'd never noticed that part. very interesting.
After that it talks about rivers watering the garden of Eden. I just looked really quick, but I don't think there's any mention of "No rain, ever, before that one time when the world flooded..." so that seems kind of arbitrary. Nowhere in the account of the flood does it say the rains fell "for the first time" so...huh. But like I said, I'm no scholar on the subject. I'd never heard that particular belief before, though.
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