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Genesis Notes Part II

  • Observations
    • In most myths, the gods make humanity look like them
    • A lot of cultures have humanoid gods
    • 1.1 - 2.2:
      • The breakpoints were invented to more easily find different section and content
      • In the beginning, there was planet, god, water, spirit of God (literally means the wind or breath of God) - all of these things were already in existance
      • The first thing that happens are the logos - creation occurs out of the word. He says it and it happens.
      • The act of speaking creates
      • Ex Nihilo means nothing and that means that there was nothing and then there was somthing
    • Created
      • First thing is light
      • The second thing is the sky - there is a dome, a physical object that separates the waters above from the waters below.
      • Dry land is created third
      • Vegetation takes place after the dry land
      • The sun, moon, and the stars are then created
      • These things implicitly create time, a method of marking, the potential for a calendar.
      • Then fish and birds are created
      • Livestock are then created (domesticated/wild)
      • Males/females
      • Everything is created in pairs of opposites (light and dark, water above and water below, etc.)
      • Two different stories because eve cannot exist if both males and females are at the same time. The standard monotheistic creation stories are actually two *different stories (we took part of one and then took part of another) *There is parallel structure and that implies that it comes from oral tradition (probably the oldest story in the torah by at least 5-600 years)
      • The name of God that is used in the Torah is Elohim
      • It ends in an 'M' and that means that it is plural
      • This is where out image comes from
      • If a singular verb is used then it refers to a singular God but if it is a plural verb then it refers to the polytheistic times
      • This is a remnant of the polytheistic times - that when this story was created it was a polytheistic culture
  • 2.3 → - this one is very patriarchal
    • Name of god is Adonai
    • Already there:
      • streams (mists)
      • earth
      • Created
    • The first thing that is created is one male human. He is formed from clay and God breathes into his nostrils and he becomes alive
    • After the human, vegetation is cerated
    • Tree of life
    • Tree of knowledge
    • Rules
    • The easiest way to get someone to do something is to tell them not to do it
    • Humans were allowed to eat from the tree of life but they are not allowed to eat from the tree of knowledge
    • The first thing they realized after eating the fruit is that they were naked - they both became self aware
    • Animals
    • Naming - implies ownership
    • God names adam, adam names eve, eve names all the animals
    • Woman
    • Adam gives birth to Eve
    • Adam and Eve were naked and they felt no shame.
    • It is really weird that we do not wear any clothes
  • Notes
    • A covenant is a legally binding contract between two or more peoples
    • The agreement was made after the flood was over
    • The convenant was established so that God promised that he would never destroy the earth again. In addition, he made a rainbow to remind him of this so that he would be reminded of his promise every time he got angry.
    • Capital punishment - if someone kills a human being then the murderer must be killed
    • The blood is the life - this a very good montra - you do not eat or drink blood
    • Cultural - if it is still raw then it probably has blood in it and that means that it probably has bacteria in it and so on
    • Many of the first laws were actually made for the good of the society because it provides either safety or social stability
    • The concept of justice - there has to be balance, if you have killed someone then it is the responsibility of the society to kill you
    • Just like I gave you the green plants, now I am giving you animals (meat). This is supposed to mean that before this, people did not eat meat, they only ate plants and such.
    • Clean and unclean animals:
      • we have omnivores now
      • this is used as a social distinction between good and bad people
      • it is something that sets them apart
    • At first God makes these scarce, general rules (they are naturally good people). Then he sees that humans are not really all that good and so the rules must get more and more strict over time.
    • Noah's Sons
    • Noah asked God to curse him
    • One or more of his sons broke the Taboo of society and saw their father naked and did not hide his shame
    • Wine
    • Before this, societies used wine to worship god and such (Dynosseus - god of creative urge)
    • Now it also leads to shame if done in excess (and it still connected to Gods in some sense)
    • In Jewish religions, it is also used for a sense of community.
    • No longer a need for a trickster figure if there is only one god
  • It then becomes the parent taking care of the good child
  • The sparrow is no longer a part of it and the raven no comes first (Sumarian - the dove is sent out first)
  • Union of god is more important and that means the order of the birds they sent out make sense
    • They are going for an almost fmailiar reltionahip with their diety
    • Lameth is to show how twisted humanity has become
    • Known Lamech and Enon
    • Parallelism and repition shows oralism
    • Son in desert

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