Some Jews have found an interesting pattern in the Genesis 1 creation account. You can find this pattern described in both the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) and Jewish Theological Society (JTS) footnotes and in the writings of Friedrich Weinreb, especially "The Roots of the Bible."
Here is a handy form to use in studying this pattern.
A clean PDF of this form is available here. You will need to add a vertical line down the middle.
An understanding of the mythical Hebrew idea of the universe helps you to understand some of the language of Genesis 1. Here is a drawing of that mythological world.