Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?

Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?

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One way of reading Gen 1:1 with its immediate context is that it is part of the first day of creation

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.   ESV

However, Gen 2:1 concludes the sixth day with:

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.   ESV

Is there any strong reason to dismiss the idea that Gen 1:1 is intended to be a prologue, referring to the entire six days of creation, and also functions as a ‘bookend’ paired with Gen 2:1 to textually demarcate the six day period. I’d be especially interested to know if there is something in the Hebrew text that excludes this reading.


  • Reply January 6, 2024


    Brody Pope answer this? Why back in the group after ALL these years ?

  • Reply January 7, 2024


    It is a summary statement.
    Verse two begins to add details about the beginning.
    Further details in Genesis 2.

    • Reply January 8, 2024


      Duane L Burgess can you explain this a bit more

  • Reply January 11, 2024


    Yes and in the Hebrew in the beginning created God, Heavens Earth.

    God here in Hebrew is spelt with two Letters the Aleph and Tau.. baffled them till Jesus came.

  • Reply January 12, 2024


    DAY 1 is right – – – 10-4 Peter Vandever Neil Steven Lawrence

  • Reply January 14, 2024


    Prologue to the account of Creation.

  • Reply January 15, 2024


    come again?

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