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. Gods 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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