The Paracelsians were quick to offer an alchemical interpretation of Genesis

“The Paracelsians were quick to offer an alchemical interpretation of Genesis. Here they pictured the Creation as the work of a divine alchemist separating the beings and objects of the earth and the heavens from the unformed prima materia much as the alchemist may distill pure quintessence from a grosser form of matter.”

Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Alchemy