尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 2
Dimension: 47.28 x 70.85 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
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2:1 这样，天地万物都造齐了。2:2 第七日，神完成了他所作的工；在第七日 神歇了他所作的一切工。2:3 神赐福第七日，把它分别为圣，因为在这一日，神停了他一切所创造的工，歇息了。2:4 这是创造天地的起源：耶和华 神造天地的时候，2:5 原野上还没有树木，田间的蔬菜还没有长起来，因为耶和华 神还没有降雨在地上，也没有人耕种土地；2:6 不过有雾气从地面上升，滋润全地。2:7 耶和华 神用地上的尘土造成人形，把生气吹进他的鼻孔里，那人就成了有生命的活人，名叫亚当。2:8 耶和华 神在东方的伊甸，栽了一个园子，把他所造的人放在那里。2:9 耶和华 神使各样的树从地上长起来，能悦人的眼目，也好作食物。园子中间又有生命树，和知善恶树。2:10 有一条河从伊甸流出来，灌溉那园子；从那里分支，成了四道河的源头。2:11 第一道河名叫比逊，就是环绕哈腓拉全地的，在那里有金子；2:12 那地的金子是好的；在那里也有红玉和玛瑙。2:13 第二道河名叫基训，就是环绕古实全地的。2:14 第三道河名叫底格里斯河（“底格里斯河”原文作“希底结”），就是流向亚述东边的。第四道河就是幼发拉底河（“幼发拉底河”原文作“伯拉河”）。2:15 耶和华 神把那人安置在伊甸园里，叫他耕种和看守那园子。2:16 耶和华 神吩咐那人说：“园中各样树上的果子，你都可以吃；2:17 只是那知善恶树的果子，你不可吃；因为你吃的时候，你必要死。”2:18 耶和华 神说：“那人独居不好，我要为他造个和他相配的帮手。”2:19 耶和华 神用泥土造了野地的各样野兽，和空中的各样飞鸟，把牠们都带到那人面前，看他给牠们叫甚么名字；那人怎样叫各样有生命的活物，那就是牠的名字。2:20 那人就给各样牲畜、空中的雀鸟，和野地的各样走兽起了名字；只是那人没有遇见一个和他相配的帮手。2:21 耶和华 神使那人沉睡。他熟睡的时候，耶和华 神取了他的一根肋骨，又使肉在原处复合。2:22 然后，耶和华 神用从那人身上所取的肋骨，造了一个女人，带她到那人面前。2:23 那人说：“这是我骨中的骨，肉中的肉；她当称为女人，因她是从男人身上取出来的。”2:24 因此人要离开父母，和妻子连合，二人成为一体。2:25 那时，夫妻二人赤身露体，彼此都不觉得羞耻。
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.2:4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.2:5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth(Or land; also in verse 6) and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,2:6 but streams(Or mist) came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.2:7 Then the Lord God formed a man(The Hebrew for man (adam) sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for ground (adamah); it is also the name Adam (see verse 20).) from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.2:8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.2:9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.2:10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.2:11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.2:12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin(Or good; pearls) and onyx are also there.)2:13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.(Possibly southeast Mesopotamia)2:14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”2:19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.2:20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam(Or the man) no suitable helper was found.2:21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs(Or took part of the man’s side) and then closed up the place with flesh.2:22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib(Or part) he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.2:23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.2:25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
宇宙为何以及如何诞生？为何宇宙大爆炸有一个从无到有的“开始”？为何生命会从“无”诞生到“有”？为何会有复杂、精密的生命的存在？为什么人体内的 DNA 和细胞像微观世界一样复杂而精确，却以高度有序的方式完成其工作，就像被设计和编程的另一个宇宙一样？
In an era where science can nearly explain everything, we have become accustomed to everything that happens in this world and everything around us, no matter how incredible it is, or even accustomed to stop thinking about its incredibility.
Why and how did the universe come from? Why does the universe's big bang have a "start" from nothing? Why is life born from "nothing" to "life"? Why is there complex, sophisticated creatures? Why is the DNA and cells in our body as complex and precise as a microcosm, but complete its work in a highly orderly manner, just like another universe designed and programmed?
Whether it is the elliptical orbit of Comet Halley, the romantic heart-shaped function of Descartes, the graceful golden section of the human body, the Six-sided snowflake falling from the sky, or even a leaf falling, all are wonderful function equations. As big as the universe and as small as snowflakes, divine order can be seen in these formulas.
The explosion brought about destruction. Originally, there was nothing, but the "Big Bang" produced time, matter, and space. There was no gradual development, no transitional forms, but a binary flip, from "non-existence" to "existence." The universe is complex and vast, but it can be described by highly ordered mathematical formulas, gave birth to order and even life. This alone is unbelievable enough to let people explore the truth throughout their lives.
What is the evidence for the "abiogenesis", which is "something can come from nothing"? How to get life from non-life? Why do we still not know how to actually create life from dead stuff, but frankly assume that life can be born from non-life?
The truth behind the universe is so incredible and mysterious, life is so incredible, we are so accustomed to it, we are no longer lamenting the incredibility of all this.
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20
"The end of science is theology." I believe that although science has its limitations and theology provides the answer, theology is not to explain the deficiency of science, and science alone cannot reach the core of theology. However, science and theology are not opposites, and they do not prevent us from remaining awed on the road to exploring knowledge.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1
The magnificent scenery of nature can easily make people awe-inspiring, but I find that even the most slight sceneries that are most overlooked in daily life are also part of the "skies". You can think of "big" naturally from "big", but if you can also see "big" from "small", "big" is even more glorious.
In this series, I am not trying to answer the above questions or to express my views and positions on the above questions. I just saw the "traces" and "majesty" left by the "creator" in some slight scenes that we are accustomed to and even ignore.
Therefore, I created a rule: trying to see "big" from "small" - with awe and curiosity, through daily neglected slight scenes, with “small scale” as the window, to explore and think about the relationship between the universe, life, eternity and creation.
- Boshan Zhou
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