Genesis 1:3

Genesis 1:3

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Genesis 1:3
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And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Unlike other things in Genesis 1, light is explicitly created from nothing. Elsewhere, God says “let there be X” and then a statement follows saying “and God made X”, formed it out of the watery chaos that he presumably created in Genesis 1:1

Targum Onkelos: And the Lord said, Let there be light; and there was light.

Rambam: God thoughtfully willed that, from the upper prime matter, light should pass from potentiality into existence; and it was so forever.

Ibn Ezra: God said effortlessly, “Let there be elemental fire” and there was elemental fire

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