Answer & Explanation:1) Write a short response (at least 4-5 sentences) to the reading. Some possibilities for your response: How do Weaver’s ideas about doctrine or her ideas about God relate to the Genesis reading? What questions would you have for Weaver, on the basis of Genesis, or for Genesis, on the basis of Weaver? Or, more generally, what’s something that Weaver’s text makes you think about God in Genesis differently?
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Genesis 1-2, New Revised Standard Version
1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth
was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind
from God swept over the face of the waters.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that
the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God
called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was
evening and there was morning, the first day.
And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it
separate the waters from the waters.” 7So God made the dome and separated
the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the
dome. And it was so. 8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and
there was morning, the second day.
And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one
place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land
Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God
saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation:
plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with
the seed in it.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants
yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the
seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there
was morning, the third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the
day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days
and years, 15and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon
the earth.” And it was so. 16God made the two great lights—the greater light
to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17God set
them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18to rule over the
day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God
saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the
And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and
let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21So God created
the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind,
with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And
God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and
multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind:
cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And
it was so. 25God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the
cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every
kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our
likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the
birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,
and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27So God created
humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and
female he created them. 28God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be
fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion
over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living
thing that moves upon the earth.”
God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the
face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them
for food. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to
everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I
have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And
there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude.
And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he
rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3So God
blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all
the work that he had done in creation.
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were
created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5when
no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet
sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and
there was no one to till the ground; 6but a stream would rise from the earth,
and water the whole face of the ground— 7then the Lord God formed man
from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and the man became a living being.
And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the
man whom he had formed. 9Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow
every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also
in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides
and becomes four branches. 11The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one
that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12and the
gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13The name of
the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of
Cush. 14The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria.
And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15The Lord God took the man and put
him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree
of the garden; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall
not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will
make him a helper as his partner.” 19So out of the ground the Lord God
formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them
to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called
every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all cattle,
and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man
there was not found a helper as his partner.
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept;
then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22And the rib
that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and
brought her to the man. 23Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my
bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man
this one was taken.” 24Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and
clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife
were both naked, and were not ashamed.
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