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Genesis Lecture

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English
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ENG150Y1
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Suzanne Akbari

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Lecture # 8- Oct 13
th
2010- Genesis
Notion of the Natural World; its the pivotal point, provides the foundation centrality = Garden of
Eden
- The tree is the epicentre; the tree is a terrible(casts out mankind) and wonderful (creates
mankind) thing
The tree shows up in a range of creation stories why is it so symbolic? Is it singular or plural?=
Its always both, it emerges from a singular place but branches and leaves grow from it = very
powerful symbolic form; paradox of division in genders and a structural thinking of understanding
how mankind grows
Its an imaginative work; creates images through words
The Greeks named Genesis meaning birth or origin its the beginning of EVERYTHING 
Genesis discusses new beginnings over and over also discusses the difficulty of beginnings
the whole point is to define the beginning
THEMES: Unity and Division and Multiplication chap 1-4
Chapter 1 = creation, in order to create you divide e.g God dividing light into night and
darkdivide to make space and time to establish the day and year e.g verse 14 and 17verse
11 = create grass that has seed, creation that makes more of itself, multiplies; verse 22 and 28=
be fruitful and multiply
Chapter 2 = Garden of Eden Eden in the east land full of truth, crossed by 4 rivers, full of
knowledge and innocence verse 21 = Adams body is divided and Eve is created = the trouble
begins creation of mankind comes from matter and earth, man is primary and woman is
secondary because women comes OUT of man mirror account of creation = mankind is
mirroring god, in a reflection and copy of himself this chapter discusses the completion of
mankind
Chapter 3 things become dramatic exchange and deception causes the sign of the fall of
mankind serpents temptation to Eve to be God moment of enlightenment; they experience
shame when they realize they’re naked resolution = verse 23 and 24 = God casts Adam and
Eve out; drawing the line; Eden is a place where they will never go back; Eden is a place of
ignorance and knowledge about God
Chapter 4 Genealogy is another way of thinking about beginning about the individual 
SPLITTING ; sequence of dispersal e.g Babel and Noah splitting always focuses on the
SECOND of sons and the younger one is always in favor
Chapter 6 Noah and the Ark, the COVENANT
Chapter 9 be fruitful and multiply the earth” , Covenant is established = agreement,
contract b/w man and God to satisfy his requirements
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Lecture # 8- Oct 13 2010- Genesis Notion of the Natural World; its the pivotal point, provides the foundation centrality = Garden of Eden - The tree is the epicentre; the tree is a terrible(casts out mankind) and wonderful (creates mankind) thing The tree shows up in a range of creation stories why is it so symbolic? Is it singular or plural?= Its always both, it emerges from a singular place but branches and leaves grow from it = very powerful symbolic form; paradox of division in genders and a structural thinking of understanding how mankind grows Its an imaginative work; creates images through words The Greeks named Genesis meaning birth or origin its the beginning of EVERYTHING Genesis discusses new beginnings over and over also discusses the difficulty of beginnings the whole point is to define the beginning THEMES: Unity and Division and Multiplication chap 1-4 Chapter 1 = creation, in order to create you divide e.g God dividing light into night and darkdivide to make space and time to establish the day and year e.g verse 14 and 17verse 11 = create grass that has seed, creation that makes more of itself, multiplies; verse 22 and 28= be fruitful and multiply Chapter 2 = Garden of Eden Eden in the east land full
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