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The Sitz im Leben of Genesis 1:1-2:3

July 21, 2008

I was reading recently, I forget where, that some scholars have posited that Genesis 1:1-2:3 was a dramatic liturgy or ‘festival legend’ that was used at the New Year to celebrate the creation of heaven and earth by Yahweh. The idea was that all of those Psalms which celebrated creation (of which there are alot) were used at this festival also. Does anyone know who articulated such a view?

EDIT: Mystery solved – it was P. Humbert in “La relation de Genese I et du Psaum 104 avec la liturgie du Nouvel – An Israelite” published in 1935.

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