Jane Williams on God created

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Jane Williams, writing in the Guardian, and UK paper, has some theological speculations on Genesis…

Genesis is, from beginning to end, a theological book. It opens with God, “the beginning”, and everything that follows is based on this assumption of the relationship between God and the world. So when we get on to the main action of Genesis, with God’s conversations with Abraham and his descendents, we know that what is happening is not just of local significance. The God who calls Abraham is the one we have just seen, making the world, so we know that Abraham’s story is one about the meaning of life, the universe and everything.

Genesis isn’t the only place in the Bible where God is described as the creator. The Psalms regularly speak of God’s craftsmanship in spreading out the heaven and the earth (eg Psalm 8); when God is depicted defending himself, as in the Book of Job (38-42), and some of the prophetic books, against charges of unfairness or unfaithfulness (eg Isaiah 45.9-25), the defence often consists partly of describing the human inability to comprehend the creative work of God, as a symptom of how unlikely it is that human beings can see what is really going on. In the Christian tradition, the Gospel of John deliberately refers back to Genesis, and says that the God who created “in the beginning” is the God made known in Jesus Christ (John 1.1-5).

The Book of Genesis, part 1: God created | Jane Williams | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

Part two is here.

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