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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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The Flood's Creation: More Sinful, More Compassionate (6:1–9:17)

The Flood's Creation: More Sinful, More Compassionate (6:1–9:17)

Creation Undone (Chaps. 6–7)

Creation Remade (8:1–9:17)

19 The Flood's Creation: More Sinful, More Compassionate (6:1–9:17)
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

The flood story consists of two balancing sections: the accounts of creation being undone (Genesis 6–7) and creation being remade (Genesis 8:1–9:17). It echoes the original creation (1:1–2:24), but in a sense, integrates evil and sin. It indicates tension within God – a blend of anger, compassion, and forgiveness. As with the first creation, which culminated with a picture of marriage (2:24), the flood story emphasizes monogamous marriage. The tensions and contradictions of the text are probably best seen as reflections not of diverse hypothetical documents (the documentary theory), but as reflections of the paradoxical content of the narrative.

Keywords:   compassion, creation, documentary theory, evil, flood, forgiveness, Genesis 6–9, marriage, monogamous

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