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Genesis 2

literary analysis of Genesis 2
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braden griebel

on 28 September 2012

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Transcript of Genesis 2

The Story Of Man and Woman's Creation Genesis 2 Summary of Genesis 2 Life is dependent on God, and more importantly, life is a gift from God, and so we should obey God, according to Moses. The Didactic Message of Genesis 2 Literary Devices Showing and Illuminating Moral We can look at the water rising up from the ground in two ways. The first way is in a literal way, the 2nd in a metaphorical sense. The first shows God watering the earth, but the second shows him giving the waters of life and thus giving life to the earth. We see in this that Genesis 2 is telling us that we need the creator. It also shows this through the repetition of life; the idea of life is in constant repetition in genesis 2-the tree of life, God breathing the breath of life, as well as the creation of all plant life. Further enforcing the idea of life as a granted gift not as a right. Water From The Ground What has happened
up until now? There is a juxtaposition shown in this chapter of man compared to God that illustrates all of man's faults. It can also be argued that there is a juxtaposition between God and the Garden of Eden because of their similarities of 'perfection' as well as their access to the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Man vs. God The 7th day. God created the heavens and the earth.
God created light and differentiated it from the dark
God created the days and nights.
God created the seas, skies and land.
God created grass and seeds.
God created some birds, underwater creatures and everything that lives on the land except animals of the field.
An overview of the creation of man, and how he gives the earth to him.
God looks over everything and says it was "very good" What Happened in Genesis 1? Juxtaposition
Motif
Imagery
Diction
Metaphor 1.) God finished the heavens and the earth and everything alive in them.
2.) God creates plants but the plants can't yet grow since they have no water; then water comes up from the ground and waters the earth.
3.) God Creates man out of the dust of the ground (Adam).
4.) God plants a garden in Eden including Tree of Life and Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil.
5.) God puts man in garden to tend it.
6.) God says don't eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil.
7.) God doesn't want man to be alone so he creates woman out of man's rib (Eve). On the 7th day God rested. This is where
we get the modern day for the Christian Church, from the belief that the 7th day was Sunday and thus the Sabbath that God rested on. The exceptions for this are branches that believe it was Saturday, such as Judaism. Many could argue that there are countless modern repercussions from the Bible such as marriage and the concept of church on the seventh day (usually thought of as Sunday). Modern Repercussions Genesis 2 sets up the idea for another modern ideal. This modern ideal is marriage. It has been proven many times that the Bible is the original source for the concept of marriage. This is shown in Matthew 19:4-6 where it states "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' ? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." This idea starts in Genesis 2 where Moses says "a man will leave his family and cleave (or join) to his wife." Marriage Moses and the translator's words give us insight into the didactic and homiletic text. The phrase "Man which God" had formed is a good example. This is important because of the choice of the word "formed". There are many other words which could have been used; such as created, but formed gives the meaning of combining or bringing together parts such as all the body systems. The use of the word, "breath" in the bringing of man from dust, relates to the respiration system which keeps the body and mind moving as well as keeping one alive. Moses uses "breath" as a finishing touch, given by God, to fully form man. Diction Imagery The four main motifs seen in Genesis 2 are God, types of plants, flesh and days. God is used as an important element of the chapter and Genesis altogether due to the fact that he created the multiple events or creatures that occurred during his time. The types of plants are used to describe the beauty and desires of the garden of Eden but also between Adam & Eve. Flesh is the next reoccurring element towards the end of this chapter. Instead of using "man" or "human", Moses used flesh to describe what was significant about man and to foreshadow unto Jesus. Lastly, the days are repeated throughout the book to represent the creation of weeks, months and years. Also, they ar used to place in the time to each chapter. Motif Moses, in detail, describes the garden, the animals and the men painting picture while leaving an impression. Our five senses take in the feeling of purity, calmness and beauty. When going into detail about the garden, Moses describes how the garden of Eden was divided into four heads, not parts or squares but heads. "Heads" as a symbol means honor or the center of knowledge. Meaning each of the four sections are honorable and in the center is the tree of knowledge, relating to the symbolism of heads. Metaphorical Evidence The
Earth Although this chapter is filled with metaphors, here is just one example. In verse 10, Moses writes, " And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads." This stands for a metaphor for God, because the river was their main water source and it nourished the land, similarly to how God is the only source of God's love and he has the power to provide this love to many people at a time.
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