The text for this reflection (Genesis 2:4b-17) opens the second biblical narrative (Gen 2:4b-3:24) that explains to advocates what is expected of them: to care for the ground from which they were formed (i.e., their origin) and to which they will return (i.e., their destiny), and to value and protect life and living. I therefore call for the protection of life, and for this to be done justly.Life is GodÃ¢Â€Â™s gift breathed over the ground (land, Ã¢Â€Â™adamah) and its waters, and into human (Ã¢Â€Â™adam) and living creatures. Gen 2:4b-17 is part of a narrative that serves the same functions as the myths of origin found in all cultures: they help people sense who they are, how and why they think, value, desire and act in the ways they do.
|Title of host publication||God of Life|
|Subtitle of host publication||Bible Studies for Peace and Justice|
|Place of Publication||Switzerland|
|Publisher||World Council of Churches|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|