In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The Creator God originates everything in the ultimate sense of 'origination'. . . . It is strictly inaccurate to say that before the work of creation there was 'nothing' for 'nothing' is a spatial and temporal concept: it implies space void of object, and time void of event. Before creation there was 'not even nothing,' for it was with the material substrate of the universe that space and time sprang into being. Before that, there was only God.
--Alec Motyer, Look to the Rock: An Old Testament Background to Our Understanding of Christ (Kregel 2004), 158