Neofiti Genesis 1:1-13

1. From the beginning with wisdom the Word of the Lord created and perfected the heavens and the earth.

2. And the earth was waste and unformed desolate of man and beast, empty of plant cultivation and of trees, and darkness was spread over the face of the abyss; and a spirit of mercy from before the Lord was blowing over the surface of the waters. 3. And the Word of the Lord said: “Let there be light”; and there was light according to the decree of his Word. 4. And it was manifest before the Lord that the light was good; 6 and the Word of the Lord separated the light from the darkness. 5 And the Word of the Lord called the light daytime and the darkness he called night. And there was evening and there was morning: in the order of the work of creation, first day.

6. And the Word of the Lord said: "Let there be the firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the lower waters from the upper waters." 7 And the Lord created the firmament and separated the waters that were under the firmament from the waters that were above the firmament; and it was so according to his Word. 8 And the Word of the Lord called the firmament heaven. And there was evening and there was morning: (in) the order of the work of creation, second day.

9 And the Word of the Lord said: “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place and let the dry land appear.” And it was so m according to his Word. 10 And the Word of the Lord called the dry land the earth, and the gathering-place of the waters he called the Seas. " And it was manifest before the Lord that it was beautiful and proper.

11. And the Word of the Lord said: “Let the earth put forth herbage of grass which produces seed, a fruit tree which yields fruit according to its kind, whose shoots are from it and in it upon the earth.” And it was so according to his Word. 12 And the earth put forth herbage of grass which produces seed according to its kind, a fruit tree which yields fruit, whose shoots are from it and in it according to its kind. And it was manifest before the Lord that it was beautiful and proper. 13 And there was evening and there was morning: (in) the order of the work of creation, third day.

Genesis Rabbah 1

The great Rabbi Hoshaya opened "The Torah was an amon to Him and I was a plaything to Him every day." Amon means "pedagogue" (i.e. nanny). Amon means "covered." Amon means "hidden." And there is one who says amon means "great." Amon means "nanny," as in “As a nanny (omein) carries the suckling child." Amon means "covered," as in "Those who were covered (emunim) in scarlet have embraced refuse heaps." Amon means "hidden," as in "He hid away (omein) Hadassah." Amon means "great," as in "Are you better than No-amon [which dwells in the rivers]?" which the Targum renders as, "Are you better than Alexandria the Great (amon), which dwells between the rivers?" Alternatively, amon means "artisan." The Torah is saying, "I was the artisan's tool of Hashem." In the way of the world, a king of flesh and blood who builds a castle does not do so from his own knowledge, but rather from the knowledge of an architect, and the architect does not build it from his own knowledge, but rather he has scrolls and books in order to know how to make rooms and doorways. So too Hashem gazed into the Torah and created the world. Similarly the Torah says, "Through the reishis Hashem created [the heavens and the earth]," and reishis means Torah, as in "Hashem made me [the Torah] the beginning (reishis) of His way".