Old Testament Essays
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RAMANTSWANA, Hulisani. Humanity not pronounced good: humanity's death within the scope of God's very good creation in light of Genesis 2-3. Old testam. essays [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.3, pp.804-818. ISSN 2312-3621.
Genesis 3 is commonly regarded as narrating events subsequent to the "very good" creation. In contrast to the commonly held view, this article suggest that Gen 3 forms part and parcel of the creation process and thereby, the second creation narrative as a whole (Gen 2:4b-3:24) taps into the absence of the evaluative formula with regard to the human creation cycle in Gen 1:26-30. The creation process in Gen 2:4b-3:24 is presented as an "undoing" of the negatives in the initiating verse, Gen 2:5, and all the negatives introduced within the creation process with the exception of the negative in Gen 3:22 Thus humanity is not singled out as good in Gen 1:2630 because humanity at the end of the creation process dies.