Primeval history  

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The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli
The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli
religious cosmology, cosmogony, prima materia, Genesis creation narrative

In the Book of Genesis, God creates the world in six days and rests on the seventh. The world God creates is good, but it becomes corrupted by the sin of man, God waits, and sees all that he has made and it is no longer good, so God sends a Deluge (a great flood) to destroy it, saving only a man who is righteous (Noah) his wife, his sons and his daughters in law, from whose seed the world is repopulated ("be fruitful and multiply"). Mankind falls back into rebelliousness, but God selects Abraham to be the seed of his chosen people, Israel.

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