January 13, 2011

Genesis 1

At the beginning of God's creating
of the heavens and earth,
when the earth was wild and waste,
darkness over the face of Ocean,
rushing-spirit of God hovering over the face of the waters—

God said: Let there be light! And there was light.
God saw the light: that it was good.
God separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light: Day! and the darkness he called: Night!
There was setting, there was dawning: one day.

God said:
Let there be a dome amid the waters,
and let it separate waters from waters!
God made the dome
and separated the waters that were below the dome from the
    waters that were above the dome.
It was so.
God called the dome: Heaven!
There was setting, there was dawning: second day.

God said:
Let the waters under the heavens be gathered to one place,
and let the dry land be seen!
It was so.

God called the dry land: Earth! and the gathering of the waters
    he called: Seas!
God saw that it was good.
God said: Let the earth sprout forth with sprouting-growth,
plants that seed forth seeds, fruit trees that yield fruit, after their
    kind, (and) in which is their seed, upon the earth!
It was so.
The earth brought forth sprouting-growth,
plants that seed forth seeds, after their kind,
trees that yield fruit, in which is their seed, after their kind.
God saw that it was good.
There was setting, there was dawning: third day.

God said:
Let there be lights in the dome of the heavens, to separate the
    day from the night,
that they may be for signs—for set-times, for days and years,
and let them be for lights in the dome of the heavens, to provide
    light upon the earth!
It was so.
God made the two great lights,
the greater light for ruling the day and the smaller light for ruling
    the night,
and the stars.
God placed them in the dome of the heavens
to provide light upon the earth, to rule the day and the night, to
    separate the light from the darkness.
God saw that it was good.
There was setting, there was dawning: fourth day.

God said:
Let the waters swarm with a swarm of living beings, and let fowl
    fly above the earth, across the dome of the heavens!
God created the great sea-serpents
and all living beings that crawl about, with which the waters
    swarmed, after their kind,
and all the winged fowl after their kind.
God saw that it was good.
And God blessed them, saying:
Bear fruit and be many and fill the waters in the seas,
and let the fowl be many on earth!
There was setting, there was dawning: fifth day.

God said:
Let the earth bring forth living beings after their kind,
herd-animals, crawling things, and the wildlife of the earth after
    their kind!
It was so.
God made the wildlife of the earth after their kind, and the herd-
    animals after their kind, and all crawling things of the soil after
    their kind.
God saw that it was good.
God said:
Let us make humankind, in our image, according to our likeness!
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the
    heavens, animals, all the earth, and all crawling things that
    crawl upon the earth!
    God created humankind in his image,
    in the image of God did he create it,
    male and femal did he create them.
God blessed them,
God said to them:
Bear fruit and be many and fill the earth
and subdue it!
Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the heavens,
    and all living things that crawl about upon the earth!
God said:
Here, I give you
all plants that bear seeds that are upon the face of all the earth,
and all trees in which there is tree fruit that bears seeds,
for you shall they be, for eating;
and also for all the living things of the earth, for all the fowl of
    the heavens, for all that crawls about upon the earth in which
    there is living being—
all green plants for eating.
It was so.
Now God saw all that he had made,
and here: it was exceedingly good!
There was setting, there was dawning: the sixth day.

Reprinted from The Five Books of Moses: The Schocken Bible, Volume I, translated by Everett Fox.

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is Canon Theologian of Liverpool Cathedral in England and author of many books, including Quarks, Chaos, and Christianity. He served as Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society.