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The first creation narrative (Genesis 1:1-2:4)
The Hebrew Bible is largely associated with the origin of the world and the start of human life. The Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible contains the creation narrative, detailing how God created everything on earth including the atmosphere. The Book of Genesis also describes the nature of the earth before creation by God. In many of the Jewish interpretations of the creation narratives, justifications for the human nature and personal decisions in life are always made. For example, a lot of the interpretations by Jews seen describe beauty of people and the sanctity of human life in the form of God. The scripture quoted to defend beauty is that all human beings were wonderfully and beautifully created in the own image of God. It is the furthest I have read when it comes to interpretations of the creation story.
It was startling and interesting, thus, to learn that the creation narrative in the Book of Genesis is also be interpreted along the line of gay and lesbian sexual identities. The Torah interprets Genesis 1:27 by portraying the narrative that maleness and femaleness are essential to being a human being. The Torah introduces the issue of Gender in its interpretation of Genesis 1:27 which says, “So God created humanity in God’s own image… Male and female created God them.” However, Professor Joy Ladin in the text, Torah in Transition, who transitioned into lesbianism by assuming maleness, uses this creation story to justify her lesbianism. She notes that it was only until she decided to become male that her normal life as a human being began. She seems to say that there is nothing wrong in this transition as she remains like God. The interpretation has made me to realize that exegesis as opposed to eisegesis in reading the Bible can offer justifications for virtually anything in the world.