Time in the Priestly Creation Narrative: TheDay Fourth Day (Gen 1:14-19)


Abstract

The temporal organization of the cosmos seems to be an important, though sometimes ignored, element of the priestly creation narrative in Gen 1,1-2,4a. Its logic is based on the axis determined by the first, fourth, and seventh days of creation: the creation of luminaries, of celestial bodies, and finally the consecration of the Sabbath. In this article, the author takes up a critical reflection on the central element of the axis: the description of the fourth day of creation in Gen 1,14-19. In analyzing the structural and semantic dimensions of this text, the author emphasizes the unique place and role of the celestial bodies in the description of the created world.


Keywords

priestly creation narrative; Heptaemeron; Gen. 1:14-19; Gen. 1; Gen. 1–11; heavenly bodies; time

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Published : 2020-12-21


Napora, K. (2020). Time in the Priestly Creation Narrative: TheDay Fourth Day (Gen 1:14-19). Verbum Vitae, 38(1), 11–29. https://doi.org/10.31743/vv.11387

Krzysztof Napora  naporus@gmail.com
Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski  Poland
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7923-4517

Krzysztof Napora, sercanin, doktor nauk biblijnych, absolwent Wyższego Seminarium Misyjnego Księży Najświętszego Serca Jezusowego w Stadnikach, Papieskiej Akademii Teologicznej w Krakowie, Pontifcio Istituto Biblico w Rzymie, Rothberg International School Uniwersytetu Hebrajskiego w Jerozolimie oraz École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem. Od 2012 r. pracownik naukowo-dydaktyczny Instytutu Nauk Biblijnych KUL.






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