As of late, my contention that the Creation story is more theological than scientific, okay – completely theological, but there are times when authors, scholars and others seek to make too much of the connection between Genesis and other ANE literature. Yes, there is a connection, and more than just a whisper or faint echo, but of a strong cultural connection. For me, I see the ancient Hebrews as showing through the Creation account the superiority not only of God, but of the entire religion, to that of the gods and lords of the ANE, their creation stories, and their cults. (Still working on a few things with that, but….). However, we cannot deny the connection.
In quoting Brueggemann, the blogger writers,
“The sustained affirmation of this liturgy of creation is that the world (all of heaven, all of earth) is willed and seen by God to be ‘good,’ that is, lovely, beautiful, pleasing (1:10, 12, 18, 21). This reiterated affirmation that we imagine to be a congregational response to a priestly litany, culminates in verse 31 with the intensified phrase ‘very good.’ This affirmation of the goodness of creation has been decisive for the Jewish and Christian traditions as a foundation for a life-affirming, world-affirming horizon with a determined appreciation of the good of the material world in all its dimensions . . . including sexuality and economics. This tradition will have nothing to do with world-denying, world-denigrating, or world-escaping religious impulses that characterize too much popular faith in U.S. culture.”
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A liturgy, of sorts, may explain the double creation, as well as the more rhythmic portions of the Creation account. What say yet?