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The Creation of God

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: creation, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, God, Parabola,

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, right? Much of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic tradition begins with that phrase. Writing for Parabola, Rabbi David Cooper suggests the creation story may not be so simple. Instead of the phrase, “[i]n the beginning, God created…” Cooper suggests a grammatically correct translation of the original material could be: “In the beginning, [it] created God, heaven, and earth.” 

This alternate translation, favored in Jewish Kabbalah teachings, drastically changes the role of God in creation. Instead of God as the creator of everything, there is a different, unnamed force connecting and transcending all things, including God.

awts857
2/25/2011 8:42:41 PM

who created "it"? oh so "another it" created "it" then "another it" was made by "it it"! wtf! GOD is "it"! He created everything..GOD is the supreme everything..stop it, you can't argue!! if you can, it's freewill and GOD made it!


jonathan_2
3/26/2010 1:39:31 PM

This just generates more questions. What is the "it"? If it created God and transcends everything then it would be the true supreme will/consciousness/personality? of the universe, the true God. It brings us back to square one. In the beginning the Ultimate created everything.


geri hoffman_2
7/14/2008 6:00:30 PM

Yes ,they transalated 'it' as ^coincidence^. Who knows...