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Title: Genesis 11
Dimension: 70.85 x 47.28 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
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11:1 那时，全世界只有一种语言，大家说同样的话语。11:2 他们向东迁移的时候，在示拿地发现一块平原，就住在那里。11:3 他们彼此说：“来，我们做砖，把砖烧透吧！”他们就把砖当作石头，又把石漆当作灰泥。11:4 他们又说：“来，我们建一座城，造一座塔，塔顶要通天。我们要为自己立名，免得分散在全地上。”11:5 耶和华下来，要看看世人建造的城和塔。11:6 耶和华说：“看哪，他们同是一个民族，有一样的语言，他们一开始就作这事，以后他们所要作的一切，就没有可以拦阻他们的了。11:7 来，我们下去，在那里混乱他们的语言，使他们听不懂对方的话。”11:8 于是，耶和华把他们从那里分散到全地上，他们就停止建造那城。11:9 因此，那城的名就叫巴别，因为耶和华在那里混乱了全地所有的人的语言，又从那里把他们分散在全地上。11:10 以下是闪的后代。洪水以后两年，闪一百岁的时候，生了亚法撒。11:11 闪生亚法撒以后，又活了五百年，并且生了其他的儿女。11:12 亚法撒活到三十五岁，就生了沙拉。11:13 亚法撒生沙拉以后，又活了四百零三年，并且生了其他的儿女。11:14 沙拉活到三十岁，就生了希伯。11:15 沙拉生希伯以后，又活了四百零三年，并且生了其他的儿女。11:16 希伯活到三十四岁，就生了法勒。11:17 希伯生法勒以后，又活了四百三十年，并且生了其他的儿女。11:18 法勒活到三十岁，就生了拉吴。11:19 法勒生拉吴以后，又活了二百零九年，并且生了其他的儿女。11:20 拉吴活到三十二岁，就生了西鹿。11:21 拉吴生西鹿以后，又活了二百零七年，并且生了其他的儿女。11:22 西鹿活到三十岁，就生了拿鹤。11:23 西鹿生拿鹤以后，又活了二百年，并且生了其他的儿女。11:24 拿鹤活到二十九岁，就生了他拉。11:25 拿鹤生他拉以后，又活了一百一十九年，并且生了其他的儿女。11:26 他拉活到七十岁，就生了亚伯兰、拿鹤和哈兰。11:27 以下是他拉的后代：他拉生亚伯兰、拿鹤和哈兰；哈兰生罗得。11:28 哈兰在他父亲他拉之前，死在他出生之地，就是迦勒底的吾珥。11:29 亚伯兰和拿鹤都娶了妻子；亚伯兰的妻子名叫撒莱；拿鹤的妻子名叫密迦，是哈兰的女儿；哈兰是密迦和亦迦的父亲。11:30 撒莱不能生育，没有孩子。11:31 他拉带着他的儿子亚伯兰和他的孙子，就是哈兰的儿子罗得，以及他的媳妇亚伯兰的妻子撒莱，一同出了迦勒底的吾珥，要到迦南地去；他们到了哈兰，就住在那里。11:32 他拉死在哈兰；他的寿数共二百零五岁。
11:1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.11:2 As people moved eastward,(Or from the east; or in the east) they found a plain in Shinar(That is, Babylonia) and settled there.11:3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.11:4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”11:5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.11:6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.11:7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”11:8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.11:9 That is why it was called Babel(That is, Babylon; Babel sounds like the Hebrew for confused.) —because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.11:10 This is the account of Shem’s family line. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father(Father may mean ancestor; also in verses 11-25.) of Arphaxad.11:11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.11:12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah.11:13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.(Hebrew; Septuagint (see also Luke 3:35,36 and note at Gen. 10:24) 35 years, he became the father of Cainan. 13 And after he became the father of Cainan, Arphaxad lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters, and then he died. When Cainan had lived 130 years, he became the father of Shelah. And after he became the father of Shelah, Cainan lived 330 years and had other sons and daughters)11:14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber.11:15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.11:16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg.11:17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.11:18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu.11:19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.11:20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug.11:21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.11:22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor.11:23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.11:24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah.11:25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.11:26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.11:27 This is the account of Terah’s family line. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.11:28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth.11:29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah.11:30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.11:31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.11:32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.
宇宙为何以及如何诞生？为何宇宙大爆炸有一个从无到有的“开始”？为何生命会从“无”诞生到“有”？为何会有复杂、精密的生命的存在？为什么人体内的 DNA 和细胞像微观世界一样复杂而精确，却以高度有序的方式完成其工作，就像被设计和编程的另一个宇宙一样？
In an era where science can nearly explain everything, we have become accustomed to everything that happens in this world and everything around us, no matter how incredible it is, or even accustomed to stop thinking about its incredibility.
Why and how did the universe come from? Why does the universe's big bang have a "start" from nothing? Why is life born from "nothing" to "life"? Why is there complex, sophisticated creatures? Why is the DNA and cells in our body as complex and precise as a microcosm, but complete its work in a highly orderly manner, just like another universe designed and programmed?
Whether it is the elliptical orbit of Comet Halley, the romantic heart-shaped function of Descartes, the graceful golden section of the human body, the Six-sided snowflake falling from the sky, or even a leaf falling, all are wonderful function equations. As big as the universe and as small as snowflakes, divine order can be seen in these formulas.
The explosion brought about destruction. Originally, there was nothing, but the "Big Bang" produced time, matter, and space. There was no gradual development, no transitional forms, but a binary flip, from "non-existence" to "existence." The universe is complex and vast, but it can be described by highly ordered mathematical formulas, gave birth to order and even life. This alone is unbelievable enough to let people explore the truth throughout their lives.
What is the evidence for the "abiogenesis", which is "something can come from nothing"? How to get life from non-life? Why do we still not know how to actually create life from dead stuff, but frankly assume that life can be born from non-life?
The truth behind the universe is so incredible and mysterious, life is so incredible, we are so accustomed to it, we are no longer lamenting the incredibility of all this.
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20
"The end of science is theology." I believe that although science has its limitations and theology provides the answer, theology is not to explain the deficiency of science, and science alone cannot reach the core of theology. However, science and theology are not opposites, and they do not prevent us from remaining awed on the road to exploring knowledge.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1
The magnificent scenery of nature can easily make people awe-inspiring, but I find that even the most slight sceneries that are most overlooked in daily life are also part of the "skies". You can think of "big" naturally from "big", but if you can also see "big" from "small", "big" is even more glorious.
In this series, I am not trying to answer the above questions or to express my views and positions on the above questions. I just saw the "traces" and "majesty" left by the "creator" in some slight scenes that we are accustomed to and even ignore.
Therefore, I created a rule: trying to see "big" from "small" - with awe and curiosity, through daily neglected slight scenes, with “small scale” as the window, to explore and think about the relationship between the universe, life, eternity and creation.
- Boshan Zhou
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