"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.
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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NL231: Creation and Fall
September 11, 2016
This Narrative Lectionary podcast discusses Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8, the reading for Sept. 11, 2016.