As indicated earlier, the Bible does not fix the age of the earth, contrary to the claims of Answers in Genesis.
Historically, their claim comes from the work of James Ussher, Bishop in the Church of Ireland, from 1625 to 1656.
Again, God was playing farmer by planting the garden and letting it grow (Genesis 2:9).
Adam was placed into the garden "to work it and take care of it" (Genesis ).
Although many Christians claim this makes the days exactly 24-hours in length, the Hebrew word translated "day" in English actually has three literal translations; the daylight portion of a 24-hour day, a 24-hour day, and a long, unspecified period of time (as in "day of the dinosaurs").
The Hebrew word translated "evening" also means "sunset," "night" or "ending of the day." The Hebrew word translated "morning" also means "sunrise," "coming of light," "beginning of the day," or "dawning," with possible metaphoric usage.
Our English expression: "The dawning of an age" serves to illustrate this point.
This page examines some of the history of the controversy—what the Bible actually says and does not say—and the scientific evidence surrounding the age of the earth.(Genesis -12) The interesting part of the account is that God did not create the plants in the manner we might assume He did.Instead of creating a world filled with full-grown plants, God actually created seeds and planted those.We understand this from the word "sprout," which refers to God allowing the earth to produce plants through germination (sprouting).The Hebrew word dasha tells us that God used processes identical to what we see on the earth today. Some Christians claim that God could have sped up the process so that it all this sprouting and growing happened within a period of 24-hours.