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Creation and Its Harmony (1:1–2:24)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138368.003.0016
 								Creation and Its Harmony (1:1–2:24)

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The two creation accounts are pervaded by the complementarities: time and space; humanity as in the image of God, and humanity as made of clay; humanity as ruling the earth, and humanity as serving the earth; the divinity as transcendent (Elohim), and the divinity as closer to earth (YHWH Elohim), and so on. Even in the first words (1:1; 2:4b):“In the beginningGodcreatedthe heavens and the earth.”

“On the dayYHWH God madeearth and heavens.”

each word or phrase of the second line involves a precise complementarity with the first. It reflects the first, but in a down‐to‐earth way. The two accounts do not warrant the reconstruction of two hypothetical sources (P and J, priestly and Yahwistic, as in the documentary theory). Rather, the two accounts form a diptych, a single harmonious picture that is true to the complexity of creation. The account of the creation of woman (2:18–23) counterbalances the misogynistic account of Hesiod.

Keywords: account; complementarity; creation; documentary theory; Genesis 1–2; Hesiod; priestly; woman; Yahwistic

Chapter.  9670 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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