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Religious Studies
RELG 202
Gerbern Oegema

Relg 202 January 8, 2013 TA: [email protected] Genesis 1-3  What is the temperature of the beginning of creation? -273 C, 0 kalvin. It was very cold because there was no sunlight.  Issue between story of creation and evolution.  Text reflects a situation where people were discussing and thinking about creation. Has a lot to do with interpretation and reading between the lines.  Issue of feminism in the text: Adam should rule over Eve. Maybe God foresaw how society would function. Also men and women have different roles. There are both pro and against women texts in the Bible.  Society has shaped our view of the Bible. The kind of fruit (apple) was never actually specified. Artists interpreted it according to their culture (in the west apples were common).  “In the beginning” – when there was nothing except God himself. First there is nothing and then there is creation. This view doesn’t fit with evolution.  “In the beginning” can also mean that there was stuff but the stuff had no form. This fits more with the idea of evolution.  It can also mean the beginning of a new period.. a period where time is kept.  God creates something before the beginning- there is a reference that God was not alone when he was creating the world. Who is this “I” being who is next to God before the beginning? It was wisdom.  1:26 And God said, 'Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the beasts and over all the earth, and over every moving thing that moves upon the earth.' And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. And God blessed them and God said, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and over all life that moves upon the earth.  Wisdom was created before the beginning of all the rest. Wisdom is portrayed as a woman. God is portrayed as a man. Wisdom is a kind of master plan of creation. He looked to his master plan to figure out how to create man and everything in the world. With the help of wisdom everything to form.  This is the beginning of ancient Israel.  The relationship between God and wisdom is everlasting. God always loo
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