creation from nothing

From: Walter Wagner (
Date: Wed Feb 11 2004 - 21:38:30 EST

Re the discussion on creatio ex nihilo and Romans. It may be helpful
to note 2 Maccabees 7:28f. The mother of the seven sons who are being
tortured and executed for refusing to abjure Judaism addressed the
youngest "My son, have pity on me. ... I beseech you, my child, to
look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them,
and recognize that God did not make them out of things that
existed..." oti ouk ex ontwn epoiesen auta ho Theos.

Could this indicate that the idea of a creation from nothing was
being voiced? In addition, the LXX for Genesis 1:1 is En arche
epoiesen ho Theos... I have understood poiew in terms of shaping,
making something out of what was already there in an unformed manner.
Would Paul have been more apt to reflect the LXX?
 Walt Wagner

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