Genesis 1 presents in cosmogonic form a theological-political narrative justifying God's claim to whatever exists, especially to the land on which the Pentateuch focuses. Behind this expression of a royal land ideology lie presuppositions about divine kingship and the land. I detail how this interpretation helps us understand the first creation account as narrating God's establishment of his kingdom and creation of stewards and suggest a reaon why the author of Genesis may have believed a justification was necessary.

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