The meaning of Genesis 1:1

The brevity of Genesis 1.1 belies its theological weight. Discuss varying ways in which both its initial temporal clause as well as its use of the Hebrew verb bara‘ can be understood and how these understandings impact the way the verse is viewed theologically.
For each question chosen, you are to write a thoroughly researched, well-articulated response, making use of any materials and/or resources that you deem necessary to provide a persuasive argument for the views you have expressed. It will be necessary to document your use of sources and research materials by means a standard and recognized format for research papers. Failure to do so will negatively impact your grade.