(Day 1- Genesis 1-3)

B’resheith barah Elohim et hashamayim v’et ha’aretz…

To me, the book of Genesis begins in Hebrew.

At the head of time, the Divine created the heavens and the earth…

I frankly don’t often get far beyond this- it’s really all downhill from here, you know? There is creation; not ex nihilo, but out of pre-existing substance; a division of waters, so that some waters arc above the bowl of the firmament, and some waters remain below. The bringing of pattern out of confusion, of creating habitable land from formless void.

And the breath of the Divine moved upon the face of the waters…

It is the first creation story, the one contained in the first chapter, that I favor personally. G-d makes the great whales, and the lights in the sky to be for signs, and seasons. And everything which is created is good; seen, and named, and called good.

And then the second chapter. Oh, the theological arguments here… what is all this about “dominion”? And Eve made from Adam as a… what, exactly? And let’s not forget original sin…

On the other hand, yes. Let’s. Let’s forget about all of that, and go back to the beginning, to that moment when the breath of the Divine is rippling the surface of the primordial waters. This, this breath across the face of the Deep- this is an act of Love. So early in the story, and the love affair of order with chaos is already creating life. Divinity breathes across the unknown, and something entirely unseen before happens into existence.

And it is good.

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