Movement from Creation to New Creation in Genesis 1-9

We’re reading through the Scriptures in our young adults group, and I noticed a chiastic structure in Genesis in the period between Creation and the New Creation of the flood. Initially I structured it this way:

A. The Spirit of God hovers over the face of the waters (1:2)

B. God creates animals (1:24,25)

C. God creates man (1:27)

C2. God saves man (7:13)

B2. God saves animals (7:14-15)

A2. The Spirit of God hovers of the face of the waters (8:1) (The Hebrew word for Spirit and wind is the same word)

But after some thought I’ve structured 1-9 more comprehensively:

A. The Spirit of God hovers over the face of the waters (1:2)

B. God creates animals (1:24,25)

C. God creates man (1:27)

D. Fall, judgement, and promise (3)

E. Adam knew Eve (4:1)

F. Multiplying on the face of the land (4:17-6:1)

E2. The Sons of God knew the daughters of man (6:2, 4)

D2. Fall, judgement, and promise (6:5-8)

C2. God saves man (7:13)

B2. God saves animals (7:14-15)

A2. The Spirit of God hovers of the face of the waters (8:1) 

This is tentative, as I’m still thinking about the structure and will probably have a follow up post about this (for instant, my friend Ben Greig suggested “but God remembered Noah” in 8:1 as the focal point of the chiasm, with the 150 days on either side of the verse in 7:24 and 8:3, which I want to consider).

In either scheme, the thematic structure shows the movement from Creation, with its mandate and covenant, to the redemptive purpose of the New Creation, with its mandate and covenant, “for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (8:21).

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