The act of God by which the universe came into being. The Bible’s chief account of creation is that in (Gen 1:1-2:3). God is depicted here as a sole, sovereign master of the universe directing the work of creation by verbal command and a freely determined plan. God is said to make the world in six days, resting on the seventh (Exod 20:11). Christian authors introduced the idea of Christ as mediator and agent of creation (John 1:1-4; Col 1:15-16). In doing this they were drawing on earlier traditions that said that divine wisdom was the agent of creation, a tradition that appears both in the OT (Prov 8:25-27) and in apocryphal writings (e.g., Wis 7:24-25).

Gen 1:1-2:3

Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath
1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face o ... View more

Exod 20:11

11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and c ... View more

John 1:1-4

The Word Became Flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2He was in the beginning with God.3All things came into be ... View more

Col 1:15-16

The Supremacy of Christ
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, thing ... View more

Prov 8:25-27

25Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth—26when he had not yet made earth and fields,
or the world's first bits of soil.27W ... View more

Wis 7:24-25

24For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.25For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pur ... View more

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