Like many transgender people, I have spent my entire life on the lookout for signs of gender. To me, gender is everywhere in the human world, stamped on every face and figure, shouting from ads, singing pop songs, starring in every show.

But when I read the first chapter of Genesis, other than the gendered verbs and pronouns required by biblical Hebrew, gender isn't there. God creates light and dark, day and night, sky and earth, sun and moon, seas and stars, animals and plants, without referring to maleness or femaleness. That's why it's so striking when we are told that God created human beings “male and female”: “And God said, ‘Let us make [humanity] in our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on earth.’ So God...

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