Creation as a Cosmic Temple: Reading Genesis 1:1–2:4a in Light of Willie van Heerden’s Ecological Insights

Festschrift for Willie van Heerden

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/2663-6573/8761

Keywords:

creation, cosmic temple, imago Dei, human dominion, Sabbath, ecological hermeneutics, Willie van Heerden

Abstract

This article is based on Willie van Heerden’s insight into the ecological retrieval of the dominion mandate of Genesis 1:26–27. According to Van Heerden, human dominion has a meaning only when it is read in relationship with the crisis context of the text and particularly the symmetrical structure of Genesis 1:1–2:4a as a whole. In this sense, one discovers that creation does not culminate with human supremacy or dominion, but with celebration (Sabbath). Creation is a kind of sanctuary, a cosmic temple in which every block counts. The created order is sacred and thus all members of creation are associated with God. Hence, whatever human dominion might mean, it has to treat creation with respect as a sacred arena.

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Author Biography

Kivatsi Jonathan Kavusa, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

LECTURER AT ULPGL

POSTDOC AT UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Published

2021-04-27

How to Cite

Kavusa, Kivatsi Jonathan. 2021. “Creation As a Cosmic Temple: Reading Genesis 1:1–2:4a in Light of Willie Van Heerden’s Ecological Insights: Festschrift for Willie Van Heerden”. Journal for Semitics 30 (1):23 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2663-6573/8761.

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Received 2020-12-03
Accepted 2021-03-14
Published 2021-04-27