This study draws attention to the extensive and complex presence of water and sea in the first (Priestly) creation story (Gen 1:1-2:4a), focusing on the creation events on Days 2-5 (Gen 1:6-23). Given that Day 1 has to do with light and darkness, which exist because of the sources of light (created on Day 4) that made day and night and then placed in the Dome/Vault called “sky” (created on day 2), it is clear that the Priestly creation story finds value in the waters and the sea. Attention toward populating the land with creatures comes only on Day 6. At the local (organic) levels: This study invites readers to shift their earth-orientation in light of the water-and-sea-orientations of the first creation story. Attention will be given to how bodies of water and seas groan because of the wastages of empires. At the academic levels: This study challenges popular scholarly assumptions that water is separated/removed in the Priestly creation story because it is the “enemy of creation” (as compared to the Yahwist garden story [Gen 2:4b-3:24], in which water is necessary for life to begin).
|Title of host publication||Bible and Theology from the Underside of Empire|
|Editors||Vuyani Vellem, Patricia Sheerattan-Bisnauth, Philip Vinod Peacock|
|Place of Publication||Africa|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
Havea, J. (2016). Sea of creation: Beneath the horizons of Genesis 1:6-23. In V. Vellem, P. Sheerattan-Bisnauth, & P. V. Peacock (Eds.), Bible and Theology from the Underside of Empire (1st ed., pp. 99-108). SUN MeDIA. https://doi.org/10.18820/9781928355113