There a number of words that are encountered in the earliest parts of the book of Genesis that add much information and a sense of mystery to the narrative. There is no reason to believe that these words are intended to make the book mysterious. It seems much more reasonable to suppose these words are there to add information that would otherwise be missing: they are probably not simple redundancies. That is the assumption I will work with in what follows.
Before we get to the words themselves though, let’s call our attention to the fairly common phenomenon called personification. Personification occurs when we attach a personality to something that is inherently not even alive. For example, when we attach too much importance to money, we bring about something we might call “mammon.” When personification of biblical ideas occurs in our lives, we can expose ourselves to dark influences. These dark influences can lead us into strange religious attachments that may become quite strong and bring on spiritual perversions.