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Chapter Four: Creation, Uncreation and Re-Creation

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The story of the flood presents the reader with an almost complete reversal of the account of creation in Genesis 1-2. This chapter examines the motif of creation and uncreation which is found more clearly in P than in J, but is especially striking on a joint reading of the text. Such a theme provides a suggestive context for discussion of the value of human life. Talk of God's sovereignty brings us to one of the most important aspects of Israel's theology of creation: contingency. The use of anthropomorphic language emphasizes the personal involvement of God in the world with God fully involved in the creation of man. The concept of separation is one of the most important aspects of the account of creation and by inference of the story of the flood as well. Talk of God's sovereignty provides an ideal place to discuss the value of human life.

Keywords: anthropomorphic language; Genesis 1-2; God's sovereignty; Israel's theology; story of the flood

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