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Commentary on Genesis

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1.1–2.3 :

The creation of the heavens and the earth.

1.2 :

The face of the deep and the face of the waters are descriptions of a watery and disordered chaos. God's creation involves separating, setting boundaries, and ordering this watery chaos in order to create a space for life to flourish.

3 :

God creates by simply speaking a verbal command.

6 :

God's creation of a dome in the midst of the waters assumes a flat earth and a clear dome that pushes back the lower waters and the blue upper waters to form the space for the sky.

11 :

Let the earth put forth vegetation: Parts of creation are invited to join with God in the process of creating and ruling ( 1.17, 24, 28 ).

14 :

The first three days of creation form three regions: Day 1—the region of light and darkness ( 1.3–5 ); Day 2—the region of the sky ( 1.6–8 ); and Day 3—the region of the earth with its vegetation ( 1.9–13 ). Beginning in v. 14 , the next three days of creation provide the inhabitants for each of these regions: Day 4—the sun, moon, and stars occupy the region of light and darkness ( 1.14–19 ); Day 5—the birds fill the sky and the fish fill the lower waters ( 1.20–23 ); and Day 6—the animals and humans occupy the earth.

21 :

So God created the great sea monsters: In other ancient stories of creation, the sea monsters are portrayed as independent gods of evil and chaos. Here the sea monsters are made by God and subject to God's control (Ps 148.7 ).

1.26–31 .

26 :

The plural us and our image is probably a reference to an ancient motif * of an assembly of divine beings, here God and God's divine advisers (compare 1 Kings 22; Job 1 ). They resolve to create humankind in their image or likeness. The divine image characterizes the human vocation of dominion or caring for the fish, birds, and animals. Human dominion or rule is to be similar to the way God rules over and cares for all creation.

27 :

The human image of God includes both male and female.

31 :

God's final evaluation that the creation was very good concludes a series of refrains throughout Gen 1 about the goodness of creation ( 1.4, 12, 18, 21 ).

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