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Bereshit, the first word in Genesis translates to "in a beginning"
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- Submitted: 17/10/2006
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Consider the purpose of the literary presentation of the nature of God's activity in Genesis 1-3
The Genesis creation myth opens the Bible and thus has tremendous theological significance in launching the concept of God. The Genesis passages are used to provide information relating to the nature of God's activity. These are interpreted by some creationists as an absolutely literal report of events whereas other, more liberal, Christians are willing to accept that the Genesis accounts are based more on spiritual truth. Both interpretations are based upon the understanding of the very ambiguous 2 Tim 3:16 "all scripture is inspired by God". Many liberal Christians use the advances of science on which to base their interpretations, leading to a divergence with creationist sentiments. However, the symbolic and spiritual indications of the nature of God's activity can still be analysed.
Having discriminated between the two sources present in Genesis 1-3 using Wellhausen's documentary hypothesis, this essay will look at the context and literary devices of both in turn. It will also consider the characteristics attributed to God, such as his control, power and perfection and the meaning of the manner of his creation. In addition, the meaning of evil to
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