There is so much controversy about the interpretation of early Genesis nowadays that I have devoted some time and energy to trying to better understand the text. This is not the place to go into great detail about my work, but I would like to offer a few quick thoughts for your consideration.
Two of my reasons for delving more deeply into Genesis are: it is a complex and much debated story about times past, and it is such a remarkably unique text, when compared to other ancient Near Eastern creation accounts. Genesis, for example, de–deifies nature and humanity, as no other story of beginnings does. What is avant-garde and always will be about the creation stories in Genesis 1-3, is their relentless focus, not on the cosmic architecture of nature, but on relationality: God, humanity, and the world. This perspective provides us with both a meaningful structure for and a re-description of reality, which places these chapters in a sacred and destiny oriented context that invites us to make contact with the Creator. In this sense, the text is a living text that recycles our interpretive trajectory through a poetic network of divine and creaturely actions, purposes, and goals.