> I looked up the word CREATE, "bara" in the concordance and it is used
> interchangeably with MADE, "asah" in many occasions. The latter seem to
> suggest forming something from preexisting matters. The creation work in
> Genesis was Creation ex nihilo, as elegantly pointed out by St. Augustine.
The creation of life in Gen.1 is _mediated_ - "Let the waters
bring forth swarms of living creatures..." (v.20), & in the next verse
this is described with the verb _bara_.
George L. Murphy