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Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8 Commentary
by Beth L. Tanner
This text (Genesis 2 and 3) marks the beginning of the nine-month narrative lectionary.
Preachers may take this opportunity to proclaim its message of grace and educate the congregation on what the text actually says.
The lectionary text begins with creation of the 'adam. It is probably best to avoid using the word "man" (NRSV) because v. 7 is a play on words the 'adam (human) is made from the 'adamah (earth). The point is not gender distinction but that we humans are from dust. It also tells of the intimate relationship between God and the human. We are literally dirt, molded into being and given life by God's own breath.
This is also an opportunity to teach about the two creation stories. I often teach these texts in seminary and church settings. I ask people to tell me the story and it is usually bits of each, patched together with additions not in the biblical text. It is no wonder people are confused. This story begins with vocation for the human to "till" (NRSV), but in Hebrew the word also means to "worship" and "to be indebted" and also "to serve." Verse 15 adds that ...
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Narrative Lectionary 044: Creation
September 09, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Creation, Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8.