“On the Interpretation of Genesis” by Leo Strauss is worth reading if you have never. By two principles, separation and motion, he makes sense of the order of creation and argues that the first and third days are related, as are the second and fourth, as are the third and sixth.
This text was an assigned reading in a philosophy class in my life B.C. The beautiful, nuanced examination in the Strauss piece took my breath away. Light and life started break through my stormy mind. The spirit started moving on my soupy abyss. Thank you, Strauss. Thank you, Professor. Thank you, Jesus.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (KJV, James 1.17)