The six days of God’s creation in Genesis 1-2. PDF version (261 KB)
These are great visuals Mark! I just found your site when I saw the Reliabilty of the New Testament visual shared on Facebook. You are a blessing! I love this Genesis page!
Hi Mark, I am trying to get some great graphic to teach bible lessons for young children (5,6 and 7 years old) about God’s creation. I love this graphic, I think it will help them. Do you have slightly larger version that I can bring as 8.5×11 size? Thanks!
The visuals at this site are excellent! I was only looking for a chart on Kings of Israel/Judah, but was delightfully surprised to find your gold mine here I was just teaching on understanding Genesis 1-2 a few weeks back, and your visual here would have been great if I had found it a little earlier. So crisp and clear! One suggestion though, I think you are under-valuing the 7th day. It kind of looks like a minor addendum at the end, when I think it is much more climactic. Cf how it is picked up in Hebrews 3-4. Trying to think of suggestions of theologians to read, but maybe William Dumbrell’s stuff might be a starting point with someone you are familiar with (although perhaps you already are very familiar!) Anyhow, thanks again for making all these visuals available online!
Thanks for the encouragement, Craig. I guess the main focus of the diagram was to explain how God creates the universe, i.e. how he ‘forms’ and ‘fills’ it, rather than capturing everything about Genesis 1-2. In that sense, rather than valuing the first six days over the seventh, it shows visually that God rests on the seventh day because he doesn’t create anything on it. Does that make sense?
Hi Mark. Yes, I think the movement from formless and empty to formed and filled is really important in the point of the passage. And yeah, you can’t say everything in everything. I guess I just see 1:1-2:3 as a literary unit, and 2:1-2:3 is the climax of the unit. So it is kind of like telling a story and missing the punch-line Also, I have no idea how you could visualize that climax to fit in with the rest :O
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