“Genesis” Chapters 1-3 and 23-28. By Sydney Ainsworth, Manav Kapoor , Marcella Lozano, Ryan Maryoung and Emma Romero. Creation.
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By Sydney Ainsworth, ManavKapoor, Marcella Lozano, Ryan Maryoung and Emma Romero
The Earth and heaven were what God created first. He then added light, land, and water to perfect the Earth. After creating day and night, God created whales to swim in the water and he told them to multiply. After watching the whales he created cattle and other animals until he created mankind as he saw himself and told them to multiply and replenish, finalizing the sixth day of the creation of Earth.
On the seventh day, God rested from the creation, he brought to life a nude man in the garden of Eden. God took a rib from the man and created a woman, and the man and woman stood in the garden of Eden as "one flesh".
The story of Adam and Eve in chapter two of “Genesis” is about how God created the first human man. God gave Adam all he could want, a beautiful garden from which he could eat all of what grew on all the trees except for two, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam was not satisfied as he had no one else with him. So God created all the animals he could, but none of them were enough for Adam. So, God put Adam in a deep sleep, took out one of his ribs and used it to make a woman who Adam called Eve. One day, a serpent came to Eve and told her to eat food off the Tree of Knowledge which she did, as well as feed it to Adam. This made the two of them almost like gods. Fearing they would eat from the Tree of Life and become immortal like gods, God kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden and placed a sword and a cherubim next to the Tree of Life to guard it.
Abraham's wife Sarah lived to be 127 years old. She died in the land of Canaan. Ephron son of Zohar gave Abraham Machpelah Cave and the field surrounding it. Abraham didn't have to pay the 400 silver pieces for his wife's burial.
Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac, his son. The servant went to Mesopotamia, the land where Abraham was from. The servant prayed to God saying that he would find a wife for his master if she gave him water from the well and water for his camels. Rebecca went back with the servant and married Isaac.
Rebecca was pregnant with twin sons. Isaac said that one of the twins would be stronger than the other. When they were born the first one was reddish and hairy; he was called Esau. The second was born holding on to Esau's heel. He was named Jacob.
Esau grew up to be a skilled hunter and Isaac's favorite. Jacob was quiet and Rebecca's favorite. Jacob was making bean soup when Esau came home and was hungry. Esau traded his first born rights for a bowl of soup and a chunk of bread.
When Isaac was dying, he told Esau to bring him one last meal so he could bless him. Rebecca overheard and prepared a meal for Jacob to bring so he be the blessed one. Jacob brought the food and lied to his father to receive the blessing. Esau came and was furious, saying that once the mourning is over he would kill his brother.
“Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever’” (3:22, “Genesis”, The Holy Bible)
“In the early days of the world, the Almighty said to the first of our race ‘In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread’'; and since then, if we except the light and the air of heaven, no good thing has been, or can be enjoyed by us, without having first cost labour. And, inasmuch [as] most good things are produced by labour, it follows that [all] such things of right belong to those whose labour has produced them. But it has so happened in all ages of the world, that some have laboured, and others have, without labour, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue. To [secure] to each labourer the whole product of his labour, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government…” (411-412, Abraham Lincoln, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln Volume 1, published by the Abraham Lincoln Association)
In this scene from the famous story Adam and Eve in chapter two of “Genesis”, Eve was tempted to devour a juicy red apple from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Although these paintings are of the same scene, they have many differences. The most important aspect of these two pictures is the apple. In the story, this apple was the deciding factor of Adam and Eve’s sanctuary. The differences between the two paintings are the moods and the perspectives. The mood of the first painting is bright and happy. The second painting is dull and devious. The perspective of the first painting is showing Adam and Eve in a gullible situation. The second painting shows that Adam and Eve are convinced to eat the apple.
The Bible was originally written in Old English. It includes figurative language like similes and metaphors, as well as poetic devices. “Thus the heavens and the Earth were completed, and all their hosts.”(2) The Bible is written in this manner because Old English had different contexts then modern context. Also, the Bible uses words such as, “thy, thou, shalt.” It uses these terms because that was how most people spoke back when the Bible was originally written.