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Understanding Genesis 2-3 is a “doomed task”

Or so says reader Dave Wyman. I am very grateful for his comments and wanted to share them and respond to them in a post rather than just in the comments section. The story of Adam and Eve doesn’t make much sense if we think about it, and it’s not supposed to make sense. That is, like the story of Santa Claus bringing presents to children, the story of Adam and Eve breaks down upon […]

Genesis of Evil

My prior post about Gen. 3 and how (and why) Eve and Adam realize that they are naked has generated a lot of excellent comments. Please do be sure to read them all. A number of comments are addressing the origin of evil and I wanted to remind folks of my earlier post from two weeks ago on this topic. I realize that my somewhat unorthodox reading may have been lost within the post since […]

Genesis 2 – What did God know and when did he know it?

Or why didn’t God realize that the sheep weren’t going to do it for the Man? Gen. 2.18   Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” 19 So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air. This is a part of my slowly developing series on Genesis. I […]

Genesis 2 – The Nature of Man

Gen. 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for […]

Genesis 2 – God gets dirty

Today I want to continue my running commentary on Genesis, moving on to the second creation account, beginning at Gen. 2:4. It is usual at this point to comment on where the second narrative begins. Gen. 2.4   These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 when no plant of the field was yet in the […]

Genesis – Sexy, violent, and groovy.

UPDAT 2: My copy arrived in record time! I will post comments anon. UPDATE: See the end of the post for additional links to reviews. I am updating them as I come across the reviews. Most of all, see Robert Alter’s positive review in The New Republic. Genesis – Sexy, violent, and groovy. Yup, that about sums it up. That describes not just the Book of Genesis but R. Crumb’s new graphic reading of Genesis […]

Genesis 1 – The image of God

Continuing my series on Genesis 1 I am going to cheat just a little bit. This is something I had written for a silent retreat back many years ago now. Someday it will go into that book I have mentioned before. But this is a slightly different form and it certainly continues my thoughts on Genesis 1 and moves us towards another larger theme I will begin to address as we compare and contrast Genesis […]

Genesis 1 – Character of God

As I (finally) begin to write about the character and nature of God as found in Genesis 1 I realize that I have written extensively about this topic in a slightly different context. “Characters of God” was a post from two and a half years ago and is a first chapter of a devotional work I hope to someday finish. Work and more academic papers have kept me from pursuing that project but this series […]

Genesis 1 – Creating a biblical context

Daniel McClellan has been following and contributing to our discussion of Genesis 1 on his own blog and today posted some thoughts on where he places Genesis 1. In my mind, contextualization is one of the best interpretive keys in questions like this. The more we know about the context into which the author presents this text the better we should be able to evaluate their intentions, assumptions, and dogmas. I see Gen 1:1–2:3 as […]

Genesis 1 – Reading in/deductively

Introductory comment to an introductory comment: I am attempting to return to our discussion of the creation narratives of Genesis… (And be sure to follow John Hobbins’ riffs off of my comments. I feel like I am in a jazz duo, it is really very invigorating!) But along the way I have gotten bogged down in more thoughts about how we read the Bible. In this case, how can we read Genesis 1 to learn […]