尺寸：70.85 x 47.28 cm
Title: Genesis 35
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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35:1 神对雅各说：“起来，上伯特利去，住在那里；你要在那里筑一座坛给 神，就是从前你逃避你哥哥以扫的时候，向你显现的那一位。”35:2 雅各就对他的家人，和所有与他在一起的人说：“你们要除去你们中间外族人的神像，你们要洁净自己，更换你们的衣服。35:3 我们要起程，上伯特利去；我要在那里给 神筑一座祭坛，他就是在我遭患难的时候应允我的呼求，在我所行的路上与我同行的那一位。”35:4 他们就把自己手中所有外族人的神像，和自己耳朵上的环子，都交给雅各；雅各把这些东西埋在示剑附近的橡树底下。35:5 他们出发了， 神使周围的城市都非常惧怕，他们就不追赶雅各的儿子。35:6 于是雅各和与他在一起的人，到了迦南地的路斯，就是伯特利。35:7 他在那里筑了一座坛，就称那地方为伊勒．伯特利，因为他逃避他哥哥的时候， 神曾经在那里向他显现。35:8 利百加的乳母底波拉死了，葬在伯特利下边的橡树底下，所以给那棵树起名叫亚伦．巴古。35:9 雅各从巴旦．亚兰回来以后， 神再次向他显现，赐福给他。35:10 神对他说：“你的名原是雅各，但以后不要再叫雅各，以色列才是你的名。”这样， 神给他改名叫以色列。35:11 神对他说：“我是全能的 神，你要繁衍增多，必有一国和众国从你而生，又必有很多君王从你而出。35:12 我赐给亚伯拉罕和以撒的地，我要赐给你，我也要把这地赐给你的后裔。”35:13 神从与雅各谈话的地方，离开他上升去了。35:14 雅各就在 神与他谈话的地方，立了一根石柱；在柱上浇了奠祭和油。35:15 雅各给 神与他谈话的地方起名叫伯特利。35:16 他们从伯特利起程，离以法他还有一段路程的时候，拉结产期到了；但她遇到难产。35:17 她正在极辛苦的时候，接生婆对她说：“不要怕，你这次又得了一个儿子。”35:18 拉结快要死了，正要断气的时候，她给她儿子起名叫便．俄尼；他的父亲却叫他便雅悯。35:19 拉结死了，葬在通往以法他的路旁。以法他就是伯利恒。35:20 雅各在她的坟墓上立了一根柱子，就是拉结的墓碑，到今天还在。35:21 以色列又起程前行，在以得台那边支搭了帐棚。35:22 以色列在那地居住的时候，流本竟去与他父亲的妾辟拉同睡；这事以色列也听见了。雅各共有十二个儿子。35:23 利亚的儿子有：雅各的长子流本，以及西缅、利未、犹大、以萨迦和西布伦。35:24 拉结的儿子有：约瑟和便雅悯。35:25 拉结的婢女辟拉的儿子有：但和拿弗他利。35:26 利亚的婢女悉帕的儿子有：迦得和亚设。这些都是雅各在巴旦．亚兰所生的儿子。35:27 雅各来到基列．亚巴的幔利他父亲以撒那里，基列．亚巴就是希伯仑，是亚伯拉罕和以撒寄居过的地方。35:28 以撒一生的年日共一百八十岁。35:29 以撒年纪老迈，享尽天年，就气绝而死，归到他的亲族那里去了；他儿子以扫和雅各把他葬了。
35:1 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.”35:2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.35:3 Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.”35:4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem.35:5 Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.35:6 Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan.35:7 There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel,(El Bethel means God of Bethel.) because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.35:8 Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel. So it was named Allon Bakuth.(Allon Bakuth means oak of weeping.)35:9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram,(That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verse 26) God appeared to him again and blessed him.35:10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob,(Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.) but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.(Israel probably means he struggles with God.) ” So he named him Israel.35:11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty(Hebrew El-Shaddai); be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants.35:12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.”35:13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.35:14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.35:15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.(Bethel means house of God.)35:16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty.35:17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.”35:18 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni.(Ben-Oni means son of my trouble.) But his father named him Benjamin.(Benjamin means son of my right hand.)35:19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).35:20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.35:21 Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.35:22 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Jacob had twelve sons:35:23 The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.35:24 The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.35:25 The sons of Rachel’s servant Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali.35:26 The sons of Leah’s servant Zilpah: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.35:27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.35:28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.35:29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
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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