FALLing Back To Genesis

“The failure of the Church to properly categorize the Genesis creation account (Genesis chapters 1-3) as a covenant creation gives further evidence to our confusion regarding identifying wickedness. In the midst of a wicked chaotic creation, God establishes a people for Himself (or in a more theological manner we say He covenanted with His people). It is this covenant creation, which comes to be known as Israel, that is given the glory and responsibility of being God’s image on earth. His people will bear His name. We read of Adam’s fall from grace wherein he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and therefore suffers death. From that point forward, death characterized God’s covenant people and the wickedness was seen as an inherent issue.” – Michael Miano, Wicked

On the Preterist Power Hour we are ‘Falling Back to Genesis’.

10/ 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JQX2Q1Sqt0

10/7 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDYPmQVecqI&t=1801s

10/10 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ27LsYi94Q

10/14 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvPPCQwVxZA

10/17 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmAuf0PrlxY

10/21 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAe7JUMhNGo

10/24/ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICLt1xfltyc

10/28 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPfaJnjZdQ8

10/31 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHzY_e8TVJs

11/4 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brfxzw6p9HU

11/7 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOIJm9_TcY4

11/9 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GVSvyj0G_E

11/11 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuDjU06T7ZE

11/18 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY0qomEH6wk

11/21 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4U-KfgZVfM

11/27 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDkJXLuZqUc

12/2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtowEMcawwU

12/5 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJzTLXYDyCs

12/16 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKH5xvPGi60


Consider the host of resources below already put together for your edification: 

Intro to Covenant Creation – https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/intro-to-covenant-creation/


Preterist & Genesis 
(Interviews, discussions, and resources from Jeff Vaughn, Tim Martin, Randal Nuss) 

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/02/11/preterist-genesis-creation/

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/02/23/continuing-conversation-study-of-preterism-genesis/


Tim Martin Teaches

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/02/17/tim-teach-us-preterism-genesis-creation/

TimMartinTeaches.wordpress.com 


Hairy Ticks covered the topic of Genesis and beginnings for a while
In June 2022, Michael Miano was on the HairyTicks Variety Show to share about Covenant Creation 

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/06/24/hairyticks-covenant-creation-presentation/


Elvin Israel’s book – The Circumcision & Uncircumcision of Genesis 1: The Mysteries Of The Garden Revealed

https://www.amazon.com/Circumcision-Uncircumcision-Genesis-Mysteries-Revealed/dp/B09VWN1FGQ


Jeff Vaughn presented at the 2022 “Spirit & Life Lectures” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfcCEVUcIOk


Better Understanding The Bible

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC48Y1F6Qv7Z3NXWZLYakd5A


Genesis 1 

We are “Chasing after an informed reading of Genesis”. 

  • Genre of literature  
  • Biblical narrative
  • Rabbinical literature and study (pars hats & haftorah)
  • Prophetic, Apocalyptic – “beasts of the field” cf. Isaiah 56 
  • Prophets as lawyers/ Genesis – Legal information 
    (Beyond Creation Science; TimMartinTeaches.Wordpress.com; Better Understanding The Bible) 
  • Genre of literature 

We note Genesis as; 

  • ANE “Temple Text” (liturgical, covenantal, defining) 
  • Polemic, apologetic, declaration 
  • “Beginning” – a covenant story, ancestral 

Resources for further study: 

http://dstoner.net/Genesis_Context/Context.html

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/genesis-1-detailed/

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/outlining-the-creation-account-genesis-chapters-1-3/

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/authentic-spirituality-through-the-lens-of-genesis-chapter-1/

https://www.academia.edu/9695120/A_Must_Read_The_Ancestral_Story_of_the_Image_of_God_

https://alhatorah.org/Creation_Accounts_in_the_Ancient_Near_East

https://www.reenactingtheway.com/blog/genesis-1-creation-of-a-cosmic-temple



Study Notes from Genesis 1 – 2:4

Contextual – Audience repentance (social & theological atmosphere) 

Usage through the Law of Moses (outworking in the narrative) 

“Covenant template: – Genesis 1 – Dallas 

v. 1. 

“In the beginning”

The beginning of what – ? 

“God”

Elohim (the gods) 

‘Bara’ – create; modern scholarship 

Functional/ non-functional – Dr. John Walton

“Covenant community”; “fruitfulness” 

“heaven and earth”
cf. Genesis 2:4; 22:17; 37; Lev. 26:14-20; Duet. 4:7; 30:19; 31:30-32:1; Isa. 1:12; 13:1-13; Jer. 4:22, 28; Hosea. 2:21; Joel 3:16; Haggai 2:21

Matt. 5:16-18; 24:3-6, 19-20; 2 Peter 3; Rev. 21 

Temples build as “heaven, earth, and sea” 

v. 2 – “the earth”; (land) 

Tohu va bohu, darkness, deep, waters;  “the depreciated state” – Dallas 

Job 26:7; Isa. 34:11; 45:18;Jer. 4:23; Deut. 32:10; Ps. 104:30 

Spirit, moving over

Notes: 

The Liturgy of Creation 

Mechanical Translation of the Torah 

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v. 3 -4  – “light”; the light was good; separated light from darkness”

cf. John 1; 1 Thess. 5 

Exodus 19; Gal 3.; 2 Cor. 3-5; Ps. 119; Rev. 21 

“Light out of darkness” 

v. 5 – ‘evening and morning’, day one  – declaration 

(Without sun, moon, and stars?1?!!? How? ) 

v. 6 – 8 – ‘firmament’,/ expanse; heavens; 

 separated waters above and below – ANE cosmology; heavens; day two – establishment 

Order, rulership; “A place for Himself (God)”; 2 different sections of waters  (life, death) 

v. 9 – 10 – waters below the heavens and “dry land”; “earth” and “seas”; 

“It was good” ; Ps. 65:7; Isa. 17:12; Genesis 10; Acts 17; Daniel 9:26; Rev. 17:15; Jer. 46:7-8

Edward highlighted the prophetic  (No more sea) 

Zack mentioned the ANE floods, agriculture, etc. 

(Dallas’ resources) 

Dvision symbols; designation of covenant 

Temple construction, God is building a building (“the sea”; brazen laver) 

“In one place” 

v. 11-13 – “earth sprout vegetation” – plants, seeds, trees, fruit

“It was good” 

Parable of the Sower 

“Men walking as trees” 

“Man is like grass” 

Day three – 

cf.  Isa. 1:1-3; Jer. 5:24-25 
Isa. 44:1- 4 

v. 14 – 19

“Earth was unformed and unfilled” 

“Darkness on the sea” 

Day Four – designations, more ordering – heavens/ Taberncale, Temple

  • “Lights in the expanse of the heavens”; “to separate the day from the night”
  • “Let them be for signs, for seasons, days and years”
  • “Two great lights” – greater light day/ lesser light to rule the night 
  • “He made the stars also”; “to give light on earth” (notice not to the seas)
    (Those who had access to the Temple)
    cf. Isa. 45:7; Romans 13:11-12; 1 Thess. 5; Revelation 21:25; 22:5

    Lamps in the Temple (Zack brought up); oil carried the flame 

cf. Ecc. 3:1; Gal. 4:4; Matthew 24; “from the foundation of the world” (Mathew 25)

v. 20 – 23

Day Five – ordering, filling of seas and heavens 

  • “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures; (Gentiles) 
  • “let the birds fly above the earth, heavens” (special water creatures) 
  • “Great sea monsters”
  • “Be fruitful and multiply” 

Water – judgement, blessing
cf. Jonah 2:1 – 8; Jer. 27:1-9; Hosea 4:1-3; Book of Daniel; Revelation 18 

Genesis 1:20 – Septuagint vs. Masoretic text 

v. 24 – 31 

Day Six 

  • Let the earth bring forth living creatures – cattle, creeping things, beasts
    cf. Lev. 20:24-26; Numbers 23:19; Hosea 2:18; 6:7; Isa. 43:27-28 Jeremiah 4:23-25; Job 36:24-25, 28; Ps. 8:4; Acts 10:12-24, 28
  • “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness,…”rule over” 
  • v. 27 – created them in His image; male and female (cf. Col. 1:15-20)
  • “Be fruitful and multiply” – fill and rule 
    cf. Gen. 1:22, 28; 8:17; 9:1, 17; 17:20; 28:3; 35:11; Lev. 26:9
  • v. 29 – “Behold I have given you…”
  • v. 30 – “every green plant for food”

“The land of Adam”; Tree language 

The Ancestral Story of the Image of God 

https://www.academia.edu/9695120/A_Must_Read_The_Ancestral_Story_of_the_Image_of_God_

“In Adam”; Narrative Theology, and Covenant Creation. (2018)

https://www.facebook.com/pastor.mike.miano/videos/10156329993541210

Searching for Adam (graphic) 

“Why would they write it?” ANE text model – true religion; God’s testimony free from human biases”. 

Man naturally represents God over the animals 

Depicting of creation of man; position of covenantal people 


Genesis 2:1-4

2:1-4

Day 7 – “seventh day”  

Terms:

  • “Heavens and earth completed and all their hosts” 
  • “Rest” – reigning, resting, and ruling
    “The one who who is amazed will rule, and the one who rules will find rest” – Gospel According To The Hebrews
    “Recent studies of divine rest in Genesis 1 note convincingly that the concept is connected with God’s rule from His cosmic temple or the enthronement of God in His cosmic temple for the purpose of His rule”.
    https://sacrize.com/blogs/sacrize-blog/ancient-near-eastern-concept-of-divine-rest
  • blessed and santicified the 7th day (7 day “temple texts” were popular in the ANE) 
  • v. 4 – Generations of heaven and earth (“generations”) – Toledot 
  • v. 4 – Colophon – the reason we continued into chapter 2
  • Dallas would have us note that no “evening” is mentioned. The only day with no evening.

“In Genesis 2:4. we encounter the phrase, “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when (literally ‘in day’) they were created.” The relatively modern Hebrew word for “generations” is the plural feminine form of “birth” or “bringing forth.” Since it comes at the end of the description of the creation of the heavens and earth, it is where a Sumerian colophon would belong. If this were the vestigial remains of an ancient Sumerian colophon, it would identify and date the text – which is exactly what it does. Both the ownership (these [written symbols?] are the “children” of the heavens and earth) and dating (“in day” [when] they were created) are both present. Further, they appear to be “uselessly” primitive, as we might expect the very most ancient colophons to be. A whole lot of time has passed since these words were recorded; but the ancient colophon can still be seen in the text by a sufficiently attentive modern reader.

“Even though ancient accounts were often long enough to fill many clay tablets, they had no “page” numbers. Instead, the ancient scribes would link their tablets by repeating sentences. The colophon of one tablet might contain the first line of the subsequent tablet – so the reader could figure out which one came next. As we might expect, the next line following the apparent colophon in Genesis 2:4, is, “In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,” – repeating the colophon of the “previous tablet”: “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when (in day) they were created.” As many times as Genesis has been recopied and retranslated, this ancient Sumerian colophon, and the next tablet’s “tag line” are still visible in the modern English version. In fact, apparent colophons (and accompanying “tag lines”) are found repeatedly through the first (and oldest) part of Genesis. Clear examples are seen in Genesis 5:1 and Genesis 10:1. In both cases, the colophons appear to belong to the immediately preceding text (even though it appears that those who added the chapter breaks tried to tag them to the beginnings of subsequent text). For more detail on the Genesis colophons, see Wiseman’s book – Ancient Records and the Structure of Genesis: A Case for Literary Unity”

DStoner.Net

Dallas from Better Understanding The Bible on YouTube has said, “Genesis 1:1-2:4a is a template for building up of a people and a tearing down…the tear down comes when the covenant people fail and are removed. However, the template has a finish…the whole Day 1 to Day 7 creates a prophecy of the fulfilled kingdom…Jesus succeeded while the previous attempts failed. Day 7 is the end of the old covenant, and establishment of Gods eternal kingdom…there will be no night there”

See some teachings from him on this topic at the following links;


cf. Exodus 20:11; John 5:1-17; Heb. 4:1-3 

We also mentioned:

– John Walton on Ancient Near Eastern thought – https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Near-Eastern-Thought-Testament/dp/0801027500#:~:text=John%20Walton%20provides%20here%20a,%2C%20religion%2C%20and%20the%20world.

– Joshua Berman – https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/ani-maamin-biblical-criticism-historical-truth-and-the-thirteen-principles-of-faith

Genesis 2:4-8

v. 4 – cf. Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 4 – beginning anew after desolation

“Lord God” – Yawheh in Genesis 2; Elohim in Genesis 1.

(Day 1 recapitulation)

v. 5-6 – cf. Genesis 1:2- 8 – desolate; Canaan prior to Israel being brought there 

(Days 2 recapitulation) 

v.7 – “dust” – land, ground; Israel out of the land ; Creation of the nation

God breathing; man becomes a living being – ‘covenant concepts’

(Day 3 recapitulation-  Genesis 1:9 – 14 

cf. Gen. 3:19

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/man-of-dust-genesis-ancient-near-eastern-origins/

v. 8 –  Eden existed prior to Adam; God planted a garden in Eden;

Rev. 22 imagery of the water flowing from the Temple 

Cf. Noah discussion (on the podcast) 

Cf. Song of Sol 4-5 (Garden); Isaiah 5 – a vineyard; Ezekiel 31 – garden imagery

cf. Ezekiel 31 (Egypt a tree in God’s garden); ‘tree language’

Adam is Israel and is to ‘take care of the garden’ (covenant)


Entering into God’s Garden (Tim Martin sermons series)https://timmartinteaches.wordpress.com/2022/04/14/1st-sermon-upload/

Tim has said, “The garden is the Adam’s just being born” (building upon what he had previously noted about the story we are reading being ‘a maturity story’).

Consider the following YouTube series by Dallas Koblyka, as mentioned on PPH, at Better Understanding the Bible on Youtube: 

Kingdom of Eden – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc2Bsrfqpww&list=PL37uEO3Uw9GLIh7eXUTosMZuUi9q3kqcP

The Covenant Template – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nojG3ph2PAw&list=PL37uEO3Uw9GJr09o6Ta13NuZ4nQXMH6pf

Regarding our discussion about ‘Eden’, 

“Like the garden of Eden, the temple is a place where humans are in the presence of God, and its interior is filled with images of sacred trees and cherubim. Not only are the doors and walls of the temple carved with trees and cherubim, but two massive cherubim guard the Ark of the Covenant in the temple’s inner sanctum, corresponding to the cherubim in Eden “who guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24)”. The Eden symbolism of the temple suggests, as Jon Levenson writes, “That the temple, was in fact, a paradise.”

Dallas also provided the following link to contribute to that, https://www.hebrewversity.com/deeper-hebrew-meaning-garden-eden/

Of course, look for more information about and discussion around the Garden of Eden as we continue our Fall Back to Genesis on the Preterist Power Hour. 

This Friday, at 10:30, our next scheduled session, we will have opportunity to hear from and talk with Bible teacher, author, and preacher Frank Febus on “Covenant Creation” and insights regarding where we are at in our study. Look Frank Febus up on Amazon, as well as YouTube to gain access to some of his resources. 

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