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Genesis 1 & 2 In chapters 1 through 2 of the book of Genesis, the creation of Earth, the sun, the moon, and

the stars are described, as well as all the living organisms inhabiting Earth. According to Genesis, God created light as well as night and day on the first day, He separated the waters to create the sky on the second day, created land and land plants on the third day, formed the sun, moon, and starts on the fourth day, birds and aquatic animals on the fifth day, and land animals and humans on the sixth day. On the seventh day, God rested, and deemed the seventh day of the week a holy day. Chapter two describes a garden near Eden planted by God in which He places Adam, the only human he created, to live. He tells Adam to tend to the garden and the animals. After naming all the animals, God realized that Adam should have a partner to work with, and none of the animals would work, so God takes a rib from Adam to form Eve, the first woman. Although Adam and Eve were naked, they were not embarrassed, because they did not yet know sinfulness and shame. This passage of text uses an empowering tone to demonstrate the almighty power of God. For example, when describing how God created light, it states And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. (1:3-4) The verses say that God simply stated Let there by light and light appeared. If God can create such a powerful force simply by stating that it should be there, He must be extraordinarily powerful. In chapter two, the text begins to take a simpler, literally down-to-earth tone, as God places Adam in the Garden of Eden and helps him to find a suitable partner. For example, Genesis 2:8-9 states Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the groundtrees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We are much more familiar with planting a garden and growing trees than commanding light to appear and fill the sky. Powerful imagery is used in this passage, especially in chapter one. Verse two of chapter one states Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (1:2) These words instill an erie, pitch-black universe with a strange spirit floating over dark waves of strange liquid. When God creates His new ideas for the universe, the writing gives a sense of power, light bursting out of darkness, large land masses tearing out of the oceans, and new creatures forming out of nothing. These powerful images help to portray the power of God. In chapter two, the power of the imagery is toned down, as most of the Creation is finished. Chapter two maps out a beautiful garden, created by God Himself. The beauty of the garden is described in verse nine The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the groundtrees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (2:9) The text portrays a luscious garden full of healthy trees bearing delicious fruit, as well as two special trees in the middle. The imagery of the text brings to mind beautiful landscapes and sweet fruits like apples, pears, or pomegranates. The chapter also describes the four rivers gushing through the garden, as well as the creation of Eve, Adams partner and wife, whom God formed out of one of Adams ribs. The worldview of the text is very religious towards an almighty entity who created a flawless universe as well as everything that fills it. This entity is extremely powerful, able to create each of His ideas simply by commanding it into existence. He also appears to be perfect, as everything He creates is perfect, and deemed as good by his own standards. God called the dry ground land, and the gathered waters he called seas. And God saw that it was good (1:10) The universe, like the earth, also appears to be perfect, and contains the sun to provide light, as well as a moon and stars, which we now know are other solar systems. He creates humanity perfect just like the rest of His creation. At this point in time, humanity was perfect and filled with innocence, just like the rest of Gods creation. As there is only one man and only one woman in this entire text, Adam is the manliest of men, while Eve is the most feminine of women. In Genesis, God commanded Adam to be fruitful and increase in number (1:28) as well as to take care of all the earths living creatures. Therefore, a manly man would be one that wants to reproduce, farm, tend to animals, and care for the earth. This is actually an excellent description for a general man, especially from ancient times. Eve was created by God as a helper and partner for Adam, meaning that a feminine woman is one who helps her husband, which, although it may be sexist, describes the role of women for the majority of earths history. Essentially, the worldview of the story of Creation sets the tone for the worldview of the rest of the Bible, and is a major part of the worldview of Christianity. The writing style of the selected text is very simplistic. It uses mostly simple and compound sentences

and simple language so that most readers can easily understand what is going on. Verse 31 of chapter one demonstrates the simple clarity of the text God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morningthe sixth day. (1:31) The chapters describing the Creation are also very orderly and clear, unlike the later chapters of the Bible that describe the Apocalypse. While these chapters are easy to understand and read, they still manage to keep the reader intrigued and have an almost poetic flow, which may be due to the repetitiveness, especially in chapter one. Each day of Creation concludes with and there was evening, and there was morning and then goes on to declare which day of creation was just described. The simple yet poetic style of these chapters effectively captures the divinity and beauty of a perfect earth created by God.