Genesis 1 to 4

God, in the beginning, created everything. In six days, he makes out of nothing: darkness, lights, waters, land, trees, and so forth. And after that, God observed everything was well done. When it comes to creating “the Man,” he resembles himself making a reflection of pure love and care and deciding to place him in a better place. He went on to develop the garden of Eden, heading to the eastside to dwell on the most extraordinary creature of creation. God, among other things, followed to make the trees produce food, and the rivers run in many directions for his new guest. He observed that his most beloved creation looks bored and alone, so he had the marvelous idea of creating a partner from the man’s ribs who will be his companion and love him. “And God made the human in his image, in the image of God he created him, Male and Female He created them.” (Genesis 5).

After he blessed them and permitted them to eat from every fruit produced in the garden, they have been told not to eat from the tree of knowledge of the good and evil they obey. Nevertheless, the serpent encounters the woman and convinces her that it will not punish them with death. Instead, they will gain knowledge if they disobey and eat from the forbidden tree. The woman fell into the serpent’s trap, found the tree pleasurable to her eyes, ate it, and gave it to the man, which made their pureness and naivety disappear and made them realize they were naked and feel lust. Still, they did not feel ashamed but got confronted by their creator. Even though they failed him, he expels them from the garden of Eden, but he made clothing for them and still blessed them in another place.

Weekly Post #1

Where has the root and justification been for the difference in treatment and discrimation between men and women? In the eyes of God, a man and woman had been created equal. From Genesis 1-4 (pg.154), it states:

“This one at last, bone of my bones 

    and flesh of my flesh.

This one shall be called Woman,  

   for from man was this one taken.”

 

God had taken one of Adam’s ribs to create Eve. This did not create any pain or significant change to Adam. At the physical core, Adam and Eve are essentially the same. In addition, God had intended to create Eve to be a sustainer “beside” Adam. They could be seen as a complement to one another. This is also why Adam and Eve were not ashamed to see each other naked. This can be compared to how nakedness is a taboo in society. 

However, looking deeper, while initially created equal, God could have already known the possibility that a woman/Eve would be able to possess even more knowledge and life than a man.  Again, she was created with the intention of sustaining Adam because God knew that a human should not be alone. She was the one to interact most with the serpent. She gave in and trusted the serpent’s word. She was the first one to take a bite out of the forbidden fruit and to encourage Adam to do so as well. And as a result, we later see how after the two can feel the difference between each other, Eve is presented with knowledge of the the greatest ability or gift of all which is to possess life. She is able to bear the physical demands of creating a child, despite being of the same bones and flesh as Adam.

I overall found it interesting to see the change in historical views between man and woman after seeing that a man and woman were really created for each other. However, compared to today, lots has changed in how we view a man and woman. Such as in regards to their physical bodies, the autonomy in which they have over it, and their role in society.

 

 

Week 1: Genesis 1-4

The close reading of this week comes from Genesis 3. The text discusses the actions of Adam and Eve and the consequences of eating from the tree of knowledge. In Eve’s punishment in Genesis 3, God states:

I will terribly sharpen your birth pangs,

In pain shall you bear children.

And for your man shall be your longing,

and he shall rule over you. (155)

Initially, it looks as if God is punishing Eve just like Adam and the serpent. God, however, never uses the phrase “cursed be” when he addresses Eve. I propose that God didn’t actually punish Eve; God revealed what Eve would experience as a female. In Genesis 2, God reveals that Adam and Eve were naked but “not ashamed” (154). I interpret this phrase as Adam and Eve were innocent– they lacked the knowledge and understanding of what nakedness can lead to. Very young children in today’s age aren’t aware of what it means to be naked. However, when they grow up, children become “aware” of the biological differences between men and women. In a similar manner, Adam and Eve received the knowledge from the tree, hence why Adam covers himself and hides from God. I think God also strives to teach a lesson to humans here. God is known to be omniscient and wise. Wisdom, in my opinion, is the balance between knowledge and morals. There was probably a reason as to why God didn’t give Adam and Eve all the knowledge from the tree. Regardless of the reason, God is teaching humans that knowledge has consequences.

The above reasons are why I believe God then tells Eve of the pain she will experience from labor. It is not necessarily punishment. Since Eve gained new knowledge that defied God’s words, she is also learning about childbirth. I am still confused about the hierarchy of men and women. Maybe it is a mistranslation that tries to establish a hierarchy in the first place. Maybe God wanted to cause conflict between Adam and Eve, which would contrast the symbiotic relationship they shared in the Garden.

Weekly Post #1

In the reading from the Bible, Genesis 1-4, “From Creation to the Murder of Abel”, there is a lot of contradicting yet symbolic points to unmasking the religiously perceived truth to the undefined system of the creation of the world. Regardless of its tellings there are several open-to-debate questions about how everything came to be.

The reading from Genesis provides the story of God’s creations of all aspects of the universe from Heaven, Earth, and all life within it. God’s character is complex and mysterious, yet just as susceptible to being flawed as humans are. His role as both the creator and punisher of humans is almost humorous in the sense that God is perceived as a parental figure. As creator, God has an established connection to the Earth. Adam and Eve’s punishments were associated with their connection to the Earth. Getting kicked out of the garden of Eden is similar in relation to their increase in knowledge leading them to a state of maturity, awareness, and independence. It allowed them to essentially move out of the safety and ease of their parents (God’s) home to a place of their own where Adam worked to support himself and his family, and Eve entered into the traditional role of women as the caregiver and mother. When observing the murder of Abel, we see God’s favoritism as the initial source of Cain’s jealousy of his brother. This is no different than a parent picking favorites and the result caused strife between the siblings. In Cain’s punishment for murder God made Cain a restless wanderer, implying that he is unbound or disowned by God. He lost his safety and protection from God and like his parents he is unrooted from his homeland. This connection shows humans rebellion against God and the transition they have to their lack of reliance on God. Learning and growing are fundamental parts of human nature that allow for us to continue progressing.

 

 

Weekly Post

Moses talks about God returning to judge the people on their sins. Moses warns the people that God should be feared by them and to not disrespect him in anyway.
“ Do not fear for in order to test you God has come and in order that his fear be upon you, so that you do not offend.”
From what I took from the passage was that God had appeared to test the people and that his presence and test are there to help keep citizns from commintting sin. The language of this text confused me at first especially the part “and in order that his fear be upon you, so that you do not offend’.  At first I thought that it meant that the people should do eveeything in their power not to offend God, then I thought that I God was watching over the people and was there to encourage them not scare them. Moses calms the worry of the people telling “Do not fear” and. is making clear not to fear God in terms of what he might do to you, but to have a good type of that keeps you from wanting to to commit sins. I personally liked this quote by Moses because I think that when those hear that you should fear God, they take it the wrong way. With this quote, fear is being talked about in a postive way not a negative oneand how fear can be benificial to keep you on the right path in life. We don’t need to fear God once we commit ourselves to him, but once we do commit ourselves we should have fear of him enough to turn away from anything that will anger him.

Weekly Post 1:Genesis 1-4

This week’s reading was from ‘The Hebrew Bible’, Genesis 1-4 which included passages from Creation to the Murder of Abel. Genesis 1 was the introduction of God’s creation as He began to create heavens and earth, rain and oceans, light and darkness, every living creatures including Adam, the first human. Next, in Genesis 2, God creates the second human, Eve from the rib bone of Adam as he was alone and needed emotional and physical support. Furthermore, in Genesis 3, the serpent lured Eve to eat the unforbidden fruit which she also shared with Adam. Thereafter, God cursed the serpent, Eve and Adam for their misdeeds. Lastly, in Genesis 4, Eve gave birth to Cain and Abel where later when God didn’t accept Cain’s offering resulting in Cain murdering Abel.

I really enjoyed reading the passages but what really stood out to me was in Genesis 3 where God said, “for dust you are and to dust you shall return.” to Adam. This quote was a line from the curses God shadowed upon Adam as he willingly ate the unforbidden fruit given by his woman, Eve.

From further analysis, it was discovered that the serpent intentionally pursued Eve and intrigued her with greed by saying that eating this fruit will help her to reach the status of God which God himself didn’t want her to know for which he warned her not to eat. As Eve ate the fruit, and she shared it with Adam which he convincingly ate disobeying God’s command. Hence, God was infuriated and cursed Adam that he was mere made of soil/dust and that he would turn to dust when he dies. Along with the quotes statement, God also said that now in order to fulfil his thirst and hunger he had to grow crops with his hard work until he returned to the soil which also meant his death.

Are we really created in the image of God?

Are we really created in the image of God? If so, how are we similar or different? The answer to these questions was answered in the following passage.

“And God created the human in his image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them”

For those that believe in the Bing Bang, this ideology is unique, however, one must take the time to see and try to understand the perspective of the writer. The language chosen in the quote above is repetitive to emphasize the writer’s point that humans were created in God’s image. Imagery is also present as the reader knows what a male and female look like. That said it is implied that God will not only look just like humans but also share similar character traits. The idea present in this quote symbolizes prejudice to humans. Creating humans in his image is inadvertently saying humans should replicate or mirror the exact essence of God himself. Meaning humans should enjoy the pleasures of the land and seas as he [God] does. Humans’ actions and responsibilities should also be like his.  The language used “He created him, male and female” is complex and leads to the interpretation that God is both a male and a female. While I doubt this is the intent of the writer, the tone of the quote is used with strong conviction. On the other hand, the dialect used in those times is a lot different from today. That said one cannot take the quote as literal but be open to the possibility that there will be differences among the similarities. There is an infinite number of anomalies in this statement.

Week 2 post

In the book of Genesis 6-9 in the Hebrew Bible, God makes a “covenant” (or agreement) with Noah to never destroy all living creatures again through a flood. It says, “[m]y covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the Flood, and never again shall there be a Flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 6-9).

Even though God shows endless love for the people, why does God only promise to withhold floods and not all the other types of disasters also? In addition to that, if God only saves the righteous (Noah and his family in this case), then theoretically, all those who live after the flood are righteous in that their fact of existence means that they were saved. This matters because it doesn’t allow a person to work hard towards being saved if they already know Noah’s righteousness saved them. Also, this covenant is not valid today because climate change has already destroyed some parts of the world. For example, hurricanes Katrina and Ida have destroyed homes, humans, animals, and many others. This shows that every flood that has happened since Noah’s time is a form of punishment because God was “grieved to the heart” (Genesis 6-9). Lastly, this covenant may lead some people to think that climate change is not real and it is not their responsibility to care for their environment since God had an agreement with Noah never to destroy the earth through a flood. Even though God won’t ruin the world through floods, I believe it should still be the responsibility of any human being to care about climate change. We need to care about climate change because it will affect the people we love the most.

Genesis 1-4

The reading this week was Genesis 1-4, “From Creation to the Murder of Abel”, from the Bible. Genesis 1, starts off telling the story of God’s creation of Heaven and Earth. It goes through the process of creating day and night, from light and darkness. Eventually leading to the process of God’s creation of humans.

In Genesis 2, after the creation of man, God recognizes the significance of Adam being alone, and decides to give him a sustainer. God takes a piece of Adam, his rib, and begins to build woman (Eve) from this. When God takes Eve and delivers her to Adam, he says, “This one at last, bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, This one shall be called Woman, for from man was this one taken” (Genesis 2).

After further analysis, God designed woman uniquely apart from any other creation. When Adam says, “This one at last…” (Genesis 2) he is, in a sense, portraying the idea that woman are unlike any other animal, she is different from everything he has been subjected to thus far. Adam has been waiting for this sense of companion ship that he is now able to experience through this new found relationship. He is no longer alone, he now has someone who is in a way family, she comes from his “bone” and “flesh”. Adam displays a sense of control over woman when going through the process of naming God’s creation. He decides to name the creation “Woman”, after man. Part of Adam was taken in order to create woman, hence his decision on the name, woman. However, this also displays Adam’s thought process that he has owner ship over Eve.

Week 1 – Genesis 1-4

This week’s reading was Genesis 1-4, “The Creation to the Murder of Abel”, from the bible. It told the story of God’s creation of Heaven and Earth, Adam and Eve, and the brothers Cain and Abel, who were the sons of Adam and Eve. One key passage in Genesis 4 is Lamech’s short speech to his wives. Lamech is the seventh-generation descendant of Cain and he seemed to be well aware of that. In the short speech passage, Lamech states,

For a man have I slain for my wound,

a boy for my bruising.

For sevenfold Cain is avenged,

and Lamech seventy seven (Genesis 4).

When taking a closer look at the passage, it is important to notice that by avenging Cain, Lamech, despite being a distant descendant of Cain, knew Cain’s story. He must have been aware of the fact that Cain was punished by God for murder. That lead into the blatant mention of murder that Lamech makes. Knowing Cain’s story, Lamech still went on to brag about committing the same crime. Cain is known to represent the evil and sinful aspect of humanity because he murdered his brother out of jealousy. Through Lamech’s speech, it is evident that the authors emphasized that evil and sin passes from one generation to the next. Although Lamech didn’t kill his brother out of jealousy, exactly like Cain did, he still committed murder and spoke about it very arrogantly, possibly with a hint of rebellion against God.

In addition, the number seven, usually representing perfection or completion, emerged as a motive, not just in the small passage, but in Genesis 1-4 as a whole. Genesis 1 began with the creation of Earth and Heaven, which took seven days to be completed. Then, once Cain killed Abel in Genesis 4, God punished Cain and made sure that anyone who killed Cain would suffer sevenfold vengeance. Most importantly, Lamech, a seventh generation descendant of Cain, avenged Cain “sevenfold” by committing an act of rebellion against God, therefore symbolizing the completion or end of the promise of sevenfold vengeance.