The Creation

In the beginning, when God was creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light ..."

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This Creation window speaks to us of the moment of creation. There is nothing in it but colour -- so many colours that you feel there is one for every element in the periodic table -- and dimension -- so many dimensions that you would lose track of your count before you had finished.

Biblical references to the origin of the universe are numerous, but extremely fragmented and in widely different contexts. Though they are clearly related to literary texts current in Mesopotamia and Canaan, it is equally clear that they have been stamped with their own distinct understanding of the one god, Yahweh.

With one exception, creation by word (God said, "Let there be ...") is unique to Hebrew theology in the ancient Near East. God’s word is powerful. Each creative command is followed by the statement that the thing commanded immediately transpired, and that God judged the thing created to be perfect.

No story of the creation of the universe in the ancient world was complete without ultimately accounting for the creation of human beings. In the Genesis 1 story, the final creature to appear is the human, to whom management of the rest of creation is assigned.

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