God Is Not the Creator.

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Look, it’s all semantics, okay? Whatever you want to call God — Hashem, Elokim, the Creator, the One, the Dude, Yud-Key-a-bunch-of-other-letters — you’re basically talking about the extraworldly force Who brought the universe into being. It’s God, people.

Well: not necessarily so.

DailyGlobal.com is reporting that Professor Ellen van Wolde, a Bible scholar, believes that the world was already around when God came along. The second word in the Torah, bara, which we believe means “created,” she posits to actually mean “separated” — “In the beginning, God separated the heaven from the earth.”

“It meant to say that God did create humans and animals, but not the Earth itself,” she says. “There were sea monsters. God did create some things, but not the Heaven and Earth. The usual idea of creating-out-of-nothing, creatio ex nihilo, is a big misunderstanding.”

Reports the article: “According to [the Bible] there used to be an enormous body of water in which monsters were living, covered in darkness.”

It also mentions that van Wolde used to work with Umberto Eco, one of my favorite novelists and a famed professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna. The question of what exactly a professor of semiotics is is the subject for an entirely different blog post, but, according to Google, Eco is one of only a handful of professors of semiotics that actually exist.

Posted on October 14, 2009

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2 thoughts on “God Is Not the Creator.

  1. zyggy

    Two MAIN considerations.
    1. Breshit does NOT mean BEGGINNING…
    Breshit MEANS AWAKENNING… then the whole enchilada guets LIGHT!!
    2.- The CONCEPT of GOD is HUMAN…Could You IMAGINE GODS LONLINESSS!!
    3.- So GOD is a way to SAY “I do not know!! but its a romanthic wayout.
    4.- Breshit is a CLUE … form B the hose, comes out a R reish Head..of a A aleph MAN..who CROwNS itsel W shin,
    when He REALIZES YOUD life and TOV death… its THE AWAKENNING of OUR CONCIENCE of BEEING alife and that we will DIE..
    only HUMANS HAVE REASON to think about it…
    ITs OUR awakenning. As a SPECIES. then we seek for THE GUIOLT ONE which we named as YOU like it. !
    There are even commentaries in Talmud Who created Whom !!

  2. edbasak

    Wait a Minute,was that Dailey Globe Or the Dailey Planet? dose the Professor vanWolde Know that the moon is made from Cream cheese,Yes NOT GREEN But “PilliY” After all a”Professoro Umberto Eco”From the University of Baloney? Semiotics? Sounds like Bizzaro World to me. Where’s that Jewish reporter from Kanasas? You know,Clark,Yeah Clark Kent,get him on this story.

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