Student Teaching in the New Millenium

Don’t drink the water (5772 B’reishith)

In Genesis on October 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Dry as unformed and void
Wet as water
What came first?  What came after?

Isaiah 42:5 – 43:10
Genesis 1:1 – 6:8

When God began to create heaven and earth, the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water…
Genesis 1:1-2

Water Droplet

Water Droplet, by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos, under GFDL

How do we get from unformed and void to surface of the deep and water? How can these concepts coexist with on another?

What is the beginning? Is the beginning the presence of everything and nothing? Or something else? Is the beginning the beginning?

What is water? Concretely, two hydrogens and an oxygen. What is hydrogen and oxygen? Atoms. Abstractly, water is that wet stuff we splash around in. Can we define water in terms other than itself, or is water and axiom?

We are made up of mostly water, and water is the basis for life. Can the basis of a thing be considered the same as the thing itself. Is life for water a valid substitution? If we accept it as such, what are the implications of the statement, a wind from God sweeping over the life?

Was mankind sculpted from the water? Or were we made from nothing? Did we ascend or descend from the water?

How can we as a civilization reconcile our treatment of the environment with this sentiment?

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Venus and Adonis

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Venus and Adonis, ca. 1800

Artists depict Adam and Eve as a Venus and Adonis. What if Adam and Eve were ugly?

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