Genesis as a Model for Creativity

I’ve been thinking about how the activity of G-d in Bereshit is a model for us as creators.
The English translation is:

  • And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
  • What’s the difference between without form and void?
  • Did G-d create the without form and void first, and if so, why?
  • What’s “the Deep”? I heard that it is a version of what in Babylonian is a sea-monster: Tiamat.
  • Is the “Spirit” of G-d the same as the Spirit he breathes into Adam later? What is it?

I have a general sense that whenever we are creating we are dealing with the
a)the formless,
b)the void, and
c)the Face of the Deep,
and we we take
d)our spirit and move it over it, and ultimately we
e)create something in our image (like an avatar or a narrative voice) and
f) breathe our own spirit into it.


4 thoughts on “Genesis as a Model for Creativity

  1. And those words in Genesis were written by someone … who was not there when it was “void” and “formless” — so the idea expressed through the words … is just another form of creation.

  2. Mikey says:

    What will the machines say when they’re trying to explain creation? Will they have the same myth as us or will they include the intermediary step:
    1) God hovered over the waters and created some rad stuff and that stuff had God’s spirit in it. The spirit of creation.
    2) That stuff was formful and nonvoid and it hovered over the smelteries and the Face of the C++.
    3) The same spirit was passed on to us! Now we can start creating and be like God! Or at least like the stuff he made.
    I guess they’ll probably just skip over step 2. It’s sort of unnecessary really, isn’t it? But wait, does that mean there might have been a Step 2 in our myth that we’ve forgotten? What was it? Does it matter? Panic!

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