Category Archives: Genesis

They knew the lyrics before the exile

The creation story in Genesis 1:1-2:4 was written by priests. The Torah, whether you buy into the existence of four main sources or not, has a bunch of material that allows scholars to say that priests wrote it. The shorthand … Continue reading

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The wife and other problems about Cain

Forty years ago or so I would drop in every few weeks on a men’s Sunday School class. It seemed to me like the continuing discussion in that class was the problem of where Cain got his wife. They probably … Continue reading

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Were Rachel and Leah married to the same man?

Rachel means ewe and Leah means cow. There have been jokes about how Leah’s name reflected on her attractiveness. There might be something there. In the story Jacob is much more attracted to Rachel. But the story is the product … Continue reading

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Terrien-woman the crown of creation

I am reading this book: Samuel Terrien begins with the Garden of Eden story. “The story of the Garden was probably chanted liturgically at the ceremonies of the autumn festival, several hundred years before it was incorporated into the present Pentateuch” … Continue reading

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Scribes-writing for performance

I have challenged myself to think about what the most significant idea was that came from my reading in 2016. My answer is the notion in David M. Carr’s Writing on the Tablet of the Heart that ancient scribes wrote to facilitate … Continue reading

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Genesis 1 and chicken sexers

The priests whose views come to us in Genesis 1 believed that God had made humans male and female. This belief laid the foundation for a binary understanding of human sex. Now we have people who claim other genders and orientations. … Continue reading

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Beale-the idea of a future temple

A feature of G. K. Beale’s The Temple and the Mission of the Church is the importance it gives to Genesis 1:28 and its commission to “be fruitful and multiply” and to “subdue” the planet and “have dominion” over the animals.  That … Continue reading

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