If you look at the first words in the 1985 JPS (Jewish Publication Society) Tanakh, you'll notice this translation: "When God began to create heaven and earth...." Almost all other English translations - including the 1917 JPS Tanakh - translate Genesis 1:1 something like this: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...."… Continue reading In The Beginning When God “Began” to Create…?
I've been enjoying Michael LeFebvre's book, The Liturgy of Creation. It's a study of the festivals, feasts, and calendar dates of OT Israel and how those things can help us read and understand the creation week in Genesis 1-3. I'm not quite finished with it, but so far it has been thought-provoking and insightful. One part… Continue reading The [Non-scientific] Focus of the Creation Week (LeFebvre)
In the opening comments of Augustine's sermon on John 14:6 he noted that some wise philosophers had some sort of knowledge of God. He said that they saw the Truth from afar, but because of their errors they didn't know how to attain the Truth or come to possess it. Augustine based his statements on… Continue reading Ask Creation! (Augustine)
From time to time I run into people who believe that God is part of the world, or the world is part of God. This is pantheism – something movies like Avatar and religions like Eastern mysticism teach. Others believe that God and matter are co-eternal (Mormons, Greek mythology, etc.) or that good and evil… Continue reading Creation Ex Nihilo: Worldview Implications (Samples)
In III.1 of Church Dogmatics Karl Barth spends quite a bit of time discussing the text of Genesis 1 and the days of creation. In his discussion of day 3 and the separating of the waters from land (Gen. 1:9-10), Barth elaborates on the “waters” in a fascinating (sort of) redemptive historical way (III.i.IX.41.1). Notice… Continue reading Walking On The Sea In Royal Freedom