Journal of Pentecostal Theology 20 (2011) 232–251 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163\174552511X597125 brill.nl/pent ‘My spirit’ in Genesis 6.1-4 Robin Routledge * Mattersey Hall College, Doncaster, UK email@example.com Abstract Gen. 6.1-4 is widely thought to stand in an indirect relationship to the ﬂood narrative as an example of the wickedness (v. 5) that resulted in divine judgment. This article argues that Gen. 6.1-8 forms a uniﬁed introduction to the ﬂood story and thus that 1) the withdrawal of the divine ַ חוּר in 6.3 presages the ﬂood and the destruction of everything that has the ‘breath of life’; and 2) the ‘sons of God, daughters of humankind’ episode in Gen. 6.1-4, which points to human presumption in seeking to attain immortality through illicit liaisons with heavenly beings, is a primary motivation for that divine judgment. The designation of ַ חוּר in 6.3 as belonging to God also indicates a close link with Gen. 1.2 (the only other such reference in the primaeval history) and suggests that ַ חוּר has also a cosmological signiﬁcance, playing a role in the divine victory over the chaotic waters (1.2), and when withdrawn (6.3) allowing those waters to return. This allows
Journal of Pentecostal Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: FLOOD; SONS OF GOD; BREATH OF LIFE; CHAOS; SPIRIT IN THE OT; CREATION
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