Your initial response along with 3 responses to classmates (because of Labor Day interruption) will be due Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, by 11:59 p.m.This is the opening chapter of the Bible, King James Version. It contains the first creation account that the Hebrews passed down through the generations. Read the text first, then I’ll offer some interpretive comments at the end of the text.Title: Genesis1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.2And the earth was without form, and void; and darknesswasupon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.4And God saw the light, thatit wasgood: and God divided the light from the darkness.5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.7And God made the firmament, and divided the waters whichwereunder the firmament from the waters whichwereabove the firmament: and it was so.8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the drylandappear: and it was so.10And God called the drylandEarth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw thatit wasgood.11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed,andthe fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seedisin itself, upon the earth: and it was so.12And the earth brought forth grass,andherb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seedwasin itself, after his kind: and God saw thatit wasgood.13And the evening and the morning were the third day.14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night:he madethe stars also.17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw thatit wasgood.19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.20And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowlthatmay fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw thatit wasgood.22And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.23And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.24And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw thatit wasgood.26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.27So God created man in hisownimage, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, whichisupon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the whichisthe fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, whereinthere islife,I have givenevery green herb for meat: and it was so.31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold,it wasvery good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.First note: there is no discussion of God’s origin. The Hebrews believed God to be outside time and space. The story begins with the creation of time (in the beginning) and space (heavens and earth). The second verse portrays the cosmos as a murky, undefined material, until the Spirit (better translated “wind” or “breath) “moved” (a better word is brooded, ruminated, pondered). Then you will note the world was created by God speaking. The ancient Greek word for “word” (logos) actually means “gathering together.” The Greek word refers to the act of organizing, pulling together. As you read through the successive stages of creation you will note that God created by dividing, over and over again. The heavens and earth, initially a chaotic mass, were organized by a series of divisions.According to the ancient Hebrews, God’s crowning act of creation was the human race. Again he divided, male and female, and it says he made them in his own “image” (In Latin, the imago Dei—“image of God”). Many have reasoned over what was meant by being created in God’s image. Maybe because I am an artist, I like to think that God’s “image” is that of creator. God’s first appearance in the biblical literature is as creator. And when God turned to creating people, he created them to be like him. I believe every human, by nature, is a creative being. Humans create, organize their world, because that impulse is in them. They were created to create in turn.As you thoughtfully read this narrative, write a response of what ideas come to you from the text. If you wish to consult commentaries and references on the creation story, that is fine. But we want to know what ideas you yourself have gleaned from this study. As you post your response on the discussion board, follow these guidelines:Your initial response should be at least 300 words. You will offer your observations on the Genesis creation narrative.Use complete sentences and work-appropriate vocabulary. Demonstrate courtesy and respect to your responses to classmates, even if you disagree. Let’s make sure our discussion is university worthy.I have written my responses to the creation story. Now, it is time to hear from you . . .37
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