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The Flood's Creation: More Sinful, More Compassionate (6:1–9:17)

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/10.1093/0195138368.003.0019
The Flood's Creation: More Sinful, More Compassionate (6:1–9:17)

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The flood story consists of two balancing sections: the accounts of creation being undone (Genesis 6–7) and creation being remade (Genesis 8:1–9:17). It echoes the original creation (1:1–2:24), but in a sense, integrates evil and sin. It indicates tension within God – a blend of anger, compassion, and forgiveness. As with the first creation, which culminated with a picture of marriage (2:24), the flood story emphasizes monogamous marriage. The tensions and contradictions of the text are probably best seen as reflections not of diverse hypothetical documents (the documentary theory), but as reflections of the paradoxical content of the narrative.

Keywords: compassion; creation; documentary theory; evil; flood; forgiveness; Genesis 6–9; marriage; monogamous

Chapter.  8652 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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