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Genesis 2:4-2:25 – Characters

Characters

Names

  • God
  • Man

Position / Distance & Static / Dynamic

  • God
    • Static – unemotional
    • Distance – Center of narrator and audience focus. Affecting change in the situation
  • Man
    • Static – No emotion until the end when woman is presented.

Stereotype and Gaps

  • God
    • Stereotype Gap – (2:18, 20b) Dissatisfied with his work.
  • Man
    • Stereotype Gap – (2:25) Man and Woman not ashamed of nakedness.

Emotional Intensity & Irony

  • God
    • Emotional Intensity – He is unemotional throughout. No excitement, no drastic change intensity.
    • Irony – (2:18) God perceives a lack of something in his creation. Man is alone.  First time it is indicated that something “is not good.”
    • Irony – (2:20) God, in his first attempt to find man a complimentary helper, seemingly fails.
    • Irony – (2:24) Regulation is not made by God. Stated as a logical conclusion of God’s action and Man’s approval.
      • Surrounded by Man’s spoken approval (2:23) and Man and Woman’s satisfaction (2:25)
    • Man
      • Irony – (2:23) Man, not God is the one who gives his seal of approval.
      • Irony – (2:25) The text indicates that nakedness and shame are typically related, but not in this initial state.

 

Comparison and Contrast

  • God vs Man
    • God is active, man is passive.

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