Genesis 1:2 – Formless and Empty

Genesis 1:2, IKB style is here! We have to admit this one was a bit trickier than the last one. As a result, we had to introduce several new pictograms, and a style element to help separate thoughts.

Genesis 1:2 IKB style
Genesis 1:2 (NIV) Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The first block above corresponds to the first sentence of the verse. We see the pictogram for “the earth”. “The earth” is linked by an arrow to two new pictograms. The first represents formlessness, the second, emptiness. Again, we see the “+” linking two pictograms that are explicitly related in the text.

The second block gets even more complicated. We struggled to represent, “darkness was on the surface of the deep.” Part of the challenge here is that it’s a little difficult to determine what “the deep” is in particular. As a result. the first pictogram here is less explicitly literal than we would like to be. We show the side view of a chasm in darkness.

This first section is again linked to the second pictogram by “+”. We see a transparent version of the “God” pictogram. The transparency indicates that this is the spirit of God. The pictogram shows the spirit directly above three wavy lines, representing “the waters”. It is likely that we will use a different pictogram to represent geographical bodies of water.

Genesis 1:2 is Under Our Belt!

That means 1:3 is next! We hope to be back with the next verse soon!

In the meantime, you could take a look at the whole IKEABIBLE, or check out some of our other blog articles. Or, maybe take a look at Patheos? Either way, take care, and we’ll be back with more soon!

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