Genesis, The Bible (Genesis 1 and 2, Creation
:star: Myth = a…
Genesis, The Bible
Genesis 1 and 2, Creation
:star: Myth = a traditional story, one concerning the early history of people/ a person explaining a natural or social phenomenon. Involves supernatural beings or events.
:star: Etiology = explanation of origins... Sabbath (Gen 2:23) Knowledge, Free Will (Genesis 3) Death (Gen 2,3) Gender Differences (Gen 3)
- Heaven and Earth.
- Plant Life.
- Heavens and Earth.
- Light, divided from darkness.
- Firament, separated from water.
- Plant Life.
- Sun, Moon, Stars.
- Animal Life.
- Human life.
Creation of Human Beings
Genesis 1 - "God created human beings in his own image" = no substance.
Genesis 2 - "The Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life" = Man First.
"Took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh, and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into woman" = Women second, inferior?
Adam's power, naming abilities.
Eve's response unheard of = mute, no voice, no choice, passive and silent.
Purpose of Human Beings
Genesis 2 - "there was no man to till the ground" "put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it"
Genesis 22, The Akedah
:star: The sacrifice of Isaac.
:star: What is at stake for Abraham? "your reward will be very great" "i give this land" "ancestor of a multitude of nations"
:star: Sacrifice part of God's control over Abraham.
3 Main Covenants in the Torah
- Abraham and God.
- Noah and God.
- Isralites and God.
Repition of promises = relationship between God and Abraham very strong and solid.
Why :warning: must God test this? We are unaware of this :warning:
No positive representation - God has tortured a family and Abraham is willing to sacrifice his son.
Intensification of language by God - "your one and only son, whom you love"
Isaac's lack of consent.
:star: Another covenant example.
:star: Different to Akedah - victim of the sacrifice aware, unlike Isaac. She gets a voice. God doesn't intervene.
Types of Covenant
- Parity Treaty - between equals.
- Suzerainty Treaty - between superior and inferior.
Genesis 3, The Fall
:star: The separation of sexes and their differences.
:star: Eve as the lesser sex? or just a helper to Adam?
Character shift from 2-3
Eve from mute - speaking (to serpent). Talking about what God said...yet she wasn't there?
Making decisions and talking them through.
Eating fruit a wise decision by Eve? Chose knowledge over obedience to God.
Connected to function of the character.
Eve = pain in childbirth...bodily issue...gender roles...repressive attitude towards women.
Adam = punished for listening to his wife, more so than eating the fruit...Painful toil...hard labour.
:warning: Eve responsible for allowing death into the world :warning:
through disobedience to God - consciousness derived. What behaviour is seen as acceptable for their gender?
Genesis 6 - 11, The Flood
:star: Explanation: wickedness in the world.
:star: Responsibility: Humans...sin.
:star: What sin? Bible Unclear. Enoch 'Book of the Watchers' = inappropiate sex, science and technology, consuming more than is sustainable, eating meat.
:star: "the sons of God" = problematic
Covenant with Noah
Destruction - "to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven" "Everything else shall die"
Stewardship - "two of every sort of food that is eaten and store it up and it shall serve as food for you" (Gen 6:19-20)
Second Covenant with Noah
Another set of instructions.
"take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal and one pair of every kind of unclean animal"
= meat as food?
2 Covenants = 2 Authors
Genesis 8-9 = New Creation
Stewardship and Hierarchy intensified - "every creature that moves along the ground are given into your hands"
"everything that lives and moves about will be food for you" = extension to killing animals.
"Be Fruitful and multiply" echoes commandments in Genesis 1.
Blessing, Care of the Earth, Covenants, Sin separates us from God, The Problem of Evil, Doubles and Opposites (creation), Beginnings.