Perspective, Coherence, Gaps, Foretelling and Double Causality
- Perspective – In the first two iterations of the structure, it is God’s perspective throughout.
- He is refining creation with great detail
- He is dissatisified in his evaluation of each iterations evaluation.
- In the final iteration, perspective shifts to the man and approval and satisfaction are given.
- Perspective – Narrator spends a great amount of time describing the garden in terms of rivers, trees, gold/jewels and overall beauty.
- This contrasts with the relatively short attention given to the creation of the living creatures.
- Even the creation of woman, though given more detail, is shorter than that of the Garden.
- Perspective – Evaluation statements.
- First Dissatisfaction – (2:18) God is speaking
- Second Dissatisfaction – (2:20b) General observation. Could be God or Man.
- Third Satisfaction – (2:23) Man is speaking.
- Gaps – The Rivers and Locations are given but they are unclear.
- Two of the rivers and locations are unknown. Cush and Havilah are possibly heavenly locations.
- Does this indicate that the Garden is midway between the realm of God and the realm of creation?
- Gaps – Tree of life is created alongside the tree of knowledge but never mentioned again.
- Gaps – The formation of man is different from the formation of woman.
- 2:24 clarifies this from a thematic standpoint indicating the kinship and one flesh connection between husband and wife.
- Foretelling – The repeated dissatisfaction of no complimentary helper indicates that there might be a solution coming.
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