DEL: Many are looking at early chapters in Genesis, and one allegation is that the Bible is not a textbook of science. So when we look at the universe around us, we can’t really mention it. What is your perspective as a scientist and a Hebrew?
Steve: I would say that it is clearly historical – again, historical fiction, it is a magistrate-literary presentation and a fundamental religious treatise. We call this an unprecedented event. This is what you are seeing. This is what you experience with your five senses. And this is the perspective of the text.
DEL: Okay, can you run me over it and show me what you’re talking about? & gt; & gt; STEVE: Absolutely. We will work here with the Leningrad Codex as it is completed. This is the easiest to read. I am most familiar with it.
DEL: It is easiest for you to read.
Steve: But it starts with Genesis 1: 1-2: 3 and as a preface to Genesis and the rest of the book. And then Genesis 2: 4, the beginning of the Toledot episode. I said that Toledot has nothing to do with genealogy and giving birth. And so Genesis 1: 1-2: 3, this is the account of creation. And actually the beginning, I think is a very interesting introduction to what I call encapsulation – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Further details are given in the next verse. “So they made everything. And then the next thing we find in Genesis 1: 2, we find a water polo, and it is hollow and not complete. God will fill that universe in the coming days. Before this is the first act of his creation because it is the mind of God, the bringing of everything, nothing, physical laws so that light can work. Thus, life processes can improve. God puts it all over the place, and then light and so on.
It makes Then he creates and spreads heaven. The way creation is presented is multi-purpose. For example, in Genesis 1: 9, the best way to translate it is to “appear dry land”. We do not have – Hebrew does not have two parallel things. Meeting … Let the water collect in one place so that dry ground is visible. Why is it like this? Because dry land is where a person will live. Purposeful.
All are moving towards the creation of man and creating a world in which man will live. And so it is multi-purpose, that is how God created it – in the very organized form you would expect. And so his word is the same. That is why it has all these qualities, why it is so creative, why beautiful literature, great theology, it is made from all real historical events. And then we come on the fifth day of creation, and that creates life. First with fish and birds. And then, on the sixth day, animals, and then man.
And humans were created in their image, and then we go through Genesis 1: 1-2: 3, in this prologue, we find a small verse section there as well. And that’s why Kavita – Katha for poetry and Katha – I call it Katha-Kavya transition. And because this small part of the poem was used to stop the point of creation of man in the image of God. And now there are lots of ideas about the image of God – what does it mean? I think the image of God is involved in acts.
Because what we get – what does God do? And we do the same but at a lower level. we can communicate. Of course, it says something for survival. We can’t do that. But it communicates. We can make Etc. with this kind of light. We can make a place. Of course, it builds out of nothing. He pronounces everything beautifully. We evaluate and do such things. We name such things. We give that blessing as a blessing.
I think the image of God in the text is correct. It is nothing spiritual, as Augustine said about the mind, the will, and the emotions. No, the verbs in the text are correct. And then we proceed to the description of the creation of man and how the name of God changed after Genesis 1: 1 –2: 3. It changes from Elohim, which means the most important, the highest. Elohim. And from there we proceed to Eloh, Yahwe Elohim. Yahva, the name of the will. So the way man’s creation and man’s creation is described is that God has created man artistically.
The verb is Yasar. Yasar is a potter. And so it was created artistically, and then we have the sincere action of God that breathes life. And then he makes the man, puts it in the garden, the beautiful garden he has built for himself. We have a ban on not eating a certain fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And then of course the woman was made. Marriage, and of course, we have another wonderful poetic episode that Adam made a poet when Eve was brought to him. Just like every man finds his wife – he can suddenly start reading poetry. And then we fall. There are those who want to deny the fall.
They will say, “Well, this is just an explanation why man is afraid of snakes.” That’s all they say. Obviously a lot more than that. The Apostle Paul speaks in Romans 16:20 that “may the Lord crush … the Lord Jesus can crush the devil under your feet.”