Scholars are known to succumb to the temptation of suggesting that their findings are of revolutionary significance even if they are not. It’s an issue of framing. If the desire of your heart is to be a revolutionary, you will frame your findings in opposition to all previous interpretation. This appears to be the path that Ellen Van Wolde has chosen (note this press report; for a first reaction, see Doug Chaplin here). Based on her recent findings – most of which do not seem unusual – she asserts: “The traditional view of God the Creator is untenable now.” At the very least, saying something like that is a surefire way to attract attention.
Below the jump, text, translation, and commentary on Genesis 1:1-3. My thesis: the traditional view of God the Creator is as tenable as ever.