Genesis SQ-1 - The Ten Questions (on Genesis 1-3) In the...

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T h e T e n Q u e s t i o n s ( o n G e n e s i s 1 - 3 ) “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. / And the earth was without form, and darkness was upon the face of he waters. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.” —Genesis, Hebrew Bible “The immortal Self is the sun shining in the sky, / he is the breeze blowing in space, / he is the fire burning on the altar, / he is the guest dwelling in the house; / he is in all men, / he is in the gods, he is in the ether, / he is wherever there is truth.” — Katha Upanishad S - ! n m m n e m Either crack open a Hebrew Bible ( AKA The Old Testament to Gentiles, preferably the King James translation) or go to and access Genesis 1-3: King James Version . (Or go buy the excellent Robert Alter translation of Genesis, with its helpful notes). Read Genesis 1-3, then answer the questions below. 1. What events occur in Genesis 1-3? What is the significance of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? 2. What is the outcome of Adam and Eve’s quest for knowledge—of their failure to abide by the arche- typal proscription against the One Forbidden Thing? 3. What is the function of the serpent in this story? Other than Satan (a later interpretation), what might it represent? 4. Why does Yahweh ( AKA El, Elohim [plural form], The Lord) want folks kept away from the Tree of Life ? 5. What etiologic elements do you notice in this account—what causes or origins does it explain? 6. What are some major Genesis assumptions about Yahweh (YHWH) and the nature of the cosmos , or the world. What is Yahweh like? What does he value ? What does Yahweh seem most to value in humans? 7. What is the
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2010 for the course ENG 110 taught by Professor Whitchurch during the Spring '10 term at Golden West College.

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Genesis SQ-1 - The Ten Questions (on Genesis 1-3) In the...

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