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Old Testament

The Creation Stories

Introduction

The creation narratives which form the opening chapters of the whole Bible are fundamental to the way we understand ourselves and our world in relationship to God. Theologians, saints, philosophers, artists and ordinary Christians have returned again and again to these first chapters of the Bible to examine and explore them and to find out what they show us about the Creator and the created world.

At times misunderstood, or read in a very narrow way, they are masterpieces of theology, not expressed in the sometimes dreary terminology of the academy but in vivid stories accessible to all.

The thumbnail image introducing this unit is Michelangelo's sublime depiction of the Creation of Adam. Read more about it here.

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