"Great Catch of Fish," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Creation and Fall
Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8 Commentary
by Jacqueline E. Lapsley
After a first, poetic account in Genesis 1, Genesis 2-3 offers a complementary narrative account of the beginnings of creation.1
Together these three chapters present creation through a bifocal lens that affirms both the profound, inherent goodness of creation (Genesis 1) and the complexities and ambiguities of life within that good creation (Genesis 2-3).
In Genesis 2:7, the human being is the ‘adam brought forth from the ground, the ‘adamah. Even though the human being’s appearance precedes that of other non-human animals, this earth creature is not given “dominion” as in Genesis 1, but is called “to serve” [‘abad] the ground (2:15). Translations have obscured this fundamental relationship between ‘adam and ‘adamah. The New Revised Standard Version, for instance, has: “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it (New International Version: “to work it”; Common English Bible: “to farm it” New Jerusalem Bible; and others, “to cultivate it”). The verb ‘abad loses its semantic resonance ...
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NL Podcast 416: Creation and Fall
September 13, 2020
Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary readings for Sept. 13, 2020, (Creation and Fall) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded on Aug. 10, 2020, via Zoom for Working Preacher.