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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Gen. 1:1

The Holy scriptures begin with a bold opening;  the first five words alone challenge the conventional educational wisdom of today.  If the reader believes these words, they should not have much trouble with the rest of the scriptures, for they will have believed that God exists and that He made all things.

That said, ownership is implied here, as is re-stated in Psalm 24:1

“The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.”

Most Jewish translations read along the lines of “In the beginning of God’s creating”, which should not change our understanding at all, only offer that the act of creation is either happening, or perhaps being revealed to Moses, in the present tense.

 

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