Genesis 1:1-13

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,

the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.

The Spirit of God hovered over the face of the water.

Then God said,

“Let there be light”; and there was light.

And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.

And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”

So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so.

God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.  God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so.  The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

Next:  Genesis 1:14-23


7 thoughts on “Genesis 1:1-13

    1. Fr. Ted

      The word “firmament” used in many English translations comes from the Latin Word which was used to translate the original Hebrew. The Greek Septuagint translated the Hebrew as “stereoma.” The ancient cosmology believed there was above the earth a solid dome which is what “firmament” implies. Both the New American Bible and the New Revised Standard Version use the word “dome” instead of firmament while the NIV uses the word “vault.” The ancients did believe the “sky” was solid and rain came down through “windows” which were opened in the sky. Chrysostom speculates that since the sky is blue it is made up of some kind of crystal. None of the ancients had any means to discover what the sky actually was but many assumed it was a solid, curved wall/screen/dome above the earth. See the Wikipedia explanation: or The Catholic Encyclopedia explanation:

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  2. Reblogged this on rebelsprite and commented:
    Father Ted has blogged a creatively illustrated version of Genesis. I always love reading Genesis during this special time, and the photos are fun! Here is the start of it, you can follow along with the later posts. Enjoy!

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