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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Genesis creation narrative

Genesis 1:1–2:3 Opening: "In the beginning...".[Gen 1:1] First day:
Light is commanded to appear ("Let there be light!") The light is divided from the darkness, and they are named "day" and "night".[Gen 1:3] Second day:
God makes a firmament ("Let a firmament be...!")—the second command—to divide the waters above from the waters below. The firmament is named "skies". [Gen 1:6–7] Third day:
God commands the waters below to be gathered together in one place, and dry land to appear (the third command)."earth" and "sea" are named. God commands the earth to bring forth grass, plants, and fruit-bearing trees (the fourth command).[Gen 1:9–10] Fourth day:
God puts lights in the firmament (the fifth command) to separate light from darkness and to mark days, seasons and years. Two great lights are made to appear (most likely the Sun and Moon, but not named), and the stars.[Gen 1:14–15] Fifth day:
God commands the sea to "teem with living creatures", and birds to fly across the heavens (sixth command); he creates the "great sea creatures" and the creatures of the sea and the birds according to their kinds.[Gen 1:20–21] Sixth day:
God commands the land to bring forth living creatures (seventh command);[Gen 1:24–25] He makes wild beasts, livestock and reptiles. He then creates humanity in His "image" and "likeness" (eighth command). They are commanded to "be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it." To this point has seen his work on each day and described it as "good"; now the totality of creation is described by God as "very good."[Gen 1:26–28] Seventh day:
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them."
God, having completed the heavens and the earth, rests from His work, and blesses and sanctifies the seventh day

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