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God creates the heavens and the earth
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The divine act of bringing the universe and all that inhabits it into existence. The biblical presentation of creation is neither scientific nor monolithic, but testifies to the beauty and complexity of this foundational event in ancient Israel’s consciousness.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Creation
Creation The divine act of bringing the universe and all that inhabits it into existence. The biblical presentation of creation is neither scientific nor monolithic, but testifies to the beauty and complexity of this foundational event in ancient Israel’s consciousness.
Creeping Things
Creeping Things (רֶמֶשׂ‎, remes; שֶׁרֶץ‎, sherets; ἑρπετόν, herpeton). A term used to describe insects or small animals, notably in the dietary law and the vision of Peter, where they are described as unclean animals (Lev 11:20, 44; Acts 10:12).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Crawling and Creeping Things
CRAWLING AND CREEPING THINGS. Generally small land animals such as rodents, reptiles, and insects, as well as water animals and flying insects.The Hebrew Bible uses two essentially synonymous roots to describe these animals: šrṣ and rmś. The noun šereṣ usually refers to any small land animal such
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Creeping Things
Creeping Things. Reference to insects, reptiles, and some other animals that crawl on the belly or creep on four or more feet.See Animals.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beginning
Beginning [Heb. rē’šîṯ; Gk. archḗ]. A word generally used with reference to time, but also having meaning in the categories of eternity and quality. The temporal use is found in Ex. 12:2; etc., and is probably found also in Gen. 1:1, where the construct state probably indicates a translation such
Breath
Breath [Heb. nešāmâ, rû (a)ḥ, heḇel, nep̱eš (Job 41:21), ’ap̱ (Cant. 7:8), yāp̱aḥ (Jer. 4:31); Gk. pnoé̄, pneúma]; AV also VANITY, WIND, SPIRIT, LIFE, INSPIRATION (Job 32:8), NOSE (Cant. 7:8), “bewaileth herself” (Jer. 4:31); NEB also BREATH OF WIND, VAPOUR, SPIRITS, COMMAND, PUFF OF WIND,
Creeping Things
Creeping Things [Heb. remeś] (Gen. 1:24, 26; 6:7, 20; 7:14, 23; 8:17, 19; Ps. 148:10; Ezk. 8:10; 38:20; Hos. 2:18); NEB also REPTILES, “things that creep on the earth” (Hos. 2:18); THING THAT CREEPS [rāmaś] (Gen. 1:25f, 30; 7:8, 14; 8:17; 9:2; Dt. 4:18; Ps. 104:20; Ezk. 38:20); NEB REPTILE, THING
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Creation
CREATION The divine act of making something out of nothing; the divine act of bringing the world into ordered existence. Human beings unaided by divine revelation cannot arrive at the biblical doctrine of Creation by theological, philosophical, or scientific speculation. According to the Bible, knowledge
Creeping Things
CREEPING THINGS Reference to insects, reptiles, and some other animals that crawl on the belly or creep on four or more feet. See Animals.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Creation
creation, the act of God by which the universe came into being. The Bible’s first account of creation is provided in Gen. 1:1–2:3 (or 2:4a). This text is generally attributed to a sixth-century bce priestly author (designated by the siglum P), who wanted to challenge other versions of the origin of the
Creeping Things
creeping things, a general term for various forms of reptile, insect, or worm life. Gen. 1:24–26 uses it as a generic term. It is similarly used in the flood story (Gen. 6:7, 20; 7:14, 23; 8:17, 19). Such creatures are considered unclean (Lev. 22:5), but they join in praise of God (Ps. 148:10). They
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Beginning
BEGINNING. The word “beginning” appears in Gen 1:1 and Jn 1:1 in a specialized, absolute sense. In Gen 1:1 the beginning is not the first of the creative acts, but rather the act by which the whole of creation is initiated. The beginning is thus apart from that which begins, transcending time (cf. “the
Creation
CREATION. The work of God in bringing all things into existence. The definitive passage is Gen 1:1, upon which must rest all biblical theology. God the Creator is a personal trinity, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. God alone is eternal, and is both immanent and transcendent with respect to His
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Creation
CreationThe concept of creation in the OT and NT exhibits at least two distinct yet interrelated meanings. Creation can refer to the primordial origination of the world, the beginning of history (e.g., creatio ex nihil.). In addition, biblical creation can connote the continuing order and maintenance
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Breath
Breath. Heb. nešāmâ refers most commonly to the physical act of taking in air (from the verb nāšam “to breathe”). Heb. rûaḥ, ranging in meaning to include also “wind,” “spirit,” and “disposition” (KoB, pp. 877–79), is often used in a more theological sense (cf. Gk. pneúma, e.g., Acts
Creation
Creation. †A divine act in which God called into being “heaven and earth”—or all of reality—out of “nothing” or without resorting to any preexisting matter.
Creeping Things
Creeping Things (Heb. remeś).† A collective term representing a variety of animals (Gen. 9:3), including on occasion water animals (Ps. 69:34; Hab. 1:14; cf. Gen. 1:20, Heb. šereṣ, usually “swarming things”). They are specifically distinguished from birds (e.g., Gen. 6:7), fish (Deut. 4:18),
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Creation
CREATION The formation of the universe out of nothing by the action of God.The creation account in Genesis may use figurative language (see “Truth of the Creation Account” below), but it is very different from the creation myths of Israel’s pagan neighbors. In those myths, creation was the result of
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Creation, Cosmology
Creation, CosmologyBecause the world and its origin, structure and destiny (cosmology) are not treated systematically in the works under consideration, gaps must be filled in from what we suppose was commonly known. Several words impinge on this semantic area: kosmos (“world”), aiōn (“age”), (“earth”),
Key passages
Ge 1:1–2:3

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth— Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. And God saw …