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  Why are there two different Creation accounts in Genesis chapters 1-2?
Answer: Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…” Later, in Genesis 2:4, it seems that a second, different story of Creation begins.
However, close examination of the text will show that what is recorded in 1:1-2:3 is an introductory summary of the events of creation, and that what begins with verse 2:4 is a more detailed account of the Creation of mankind.
Genesis 2:4-25 should be understood as a further explanation of what happened in Genesis 1:26-31.
www.gotquestions.org /two-Creation-accounts.html   (205 words)

  
 Theology Today - Vol 48, No.1 - April 1991 - ARTICLE - What Is Creation? Rereading Genesis 1 and 2
Genesis 1 and 2 are also regarded in Christian churches and in the areas of their cultural influence as the orienting foundation for knowledge and talk about "creation." Even to the present day, exegetical and systematic efforts to mine the content of "creation" take recourse to these texts.
The creation account explicitly emphasizes that cultivated vegetation, an important goal of the creation event, is made dependent upon the cooperation of rain from heaven and of human activity.
In both creation accounts we find texts that point to the interdependence of that which we call "nature" and "culture." For example, there is in both creation accounts the charge to human beings to cultivate the earth.
theologytoday.ptsem.edu /apr1991/v48-1-article1.htm   (7225 words)

  
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Creation does, however, provide human beings with the knowledge they need to develop the technical side of economic life, but it gives no insight into the covenant.(4) The creation accounts are, however, as exegeted by Barth, concerned with covenant, they establish a relationship between covenant and creation.
In comparison to the second account, which emphasizes that covenant is the internal basis of creation, the first account places greater emphasis on the architectural structure of creation as an external framework in which the history of the covenant may occur, and only hints at the covenant history toward the end of the account.
Creating the light was his first act, and the darkness and chaos of verse two is, is part, the result of his act in verse three, the act of creating light.
users.iglide.net /rjsanders/brtd/ch2.htm   (19550 words)

  
 Gospel Link
The frequent occurrence of creation accounts in LDS scriptures and sacred ceremonies reflects a pattern of the ancient world generally, and ancient Israel in particular, where the Creation was regularly recited or reenacted.
The later temple account of creation gives an abbreviated version of those labors, divided up differently among the seven days while retaining the same order, suggesting that it may not be significant which labor is assigned to which day.
Abraham´s seven-day account proceeds through the work of the first five creative times and part of the sixth as the physical creation of the earth and its preparation to support life before life was actually placed upon it.
ldsfaq.byu.edu /emmain.asp?number=58   (1806 words)

  
 Apologetics Press - Are There Two Creation Accounts in Genesis?
In the case of the “two creation accounts,” Genesis 1 is said to be a “P” document (dating from the Babylonian or post-Babylonian captivity period), while Genesis 2 is supposed to be a “J” narrative from the ninth century B.C. The arguments in support of this radical viewpoint are twofold.
Genesis 1 is chronological, revealing the sequential events of the creation week, whereas Genesis 2 is topical, with special concern for man and his environment.
The second chapter is generally declared by critics to be a second account of the creation, but, considered in the light of the general plan, that is not an accurate statement.
www.apologeticspress.org /articles/2194   (2601 words)

  
 Author: Corey Carroll (corey@sdf.lonestar.org) Title: Genesis creation story contradictory
The second account clearly details God creating the animals *after* he created man. According to this reading of Genesis, if there were any fossils of animals that occured before man, then this creation account would be falsified.
According to the second account, all of the created land animals and birds were created within a time span of a few hundred years at the most.
My theory is that whoever compiled Genesis knew of both creation accounts, and he preserved both of them, even though they contradicted each other, for the sake of preserving the myths of an ancient culture.
www.skepticfiles.org /evo2/gencontr.htm   (1156 words)

  
 Creation Resource Sheet - Structure of Genesis and Related Questions
Genesis 1:1 — 2:4a thus seems to be a Creation account from a cosmic perspective, given directly by God (for who else was present to describe Genesis 1:1?).
The second creation account, found in the remainder of Genesis 2, is quite different in perspective.
All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died.
www.rae.org /FAQ09.htm   (1818 words)

  
 Biblical Creationism: Some Mistakes -- Order of Creation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Eve from Adam's rib) is the Yahwist account, and is thus the oldest of the written sources of the creation accounts in Genesis.
The Yahwists have taken the account from Babylonian and Sumerian creation myths: this is a certainty because the later account in Genesis of "Noah's Flood" (Genesis 7) is Sumerian and / or Babylonian.
Genesis One uses the word "Gods" because the Hebrews have always been polytheists; Gensis Two uses the word "YHWH" because the authors were Yahweh henotheists.
www.holysmoke.org /bib-cre1.htm   (536 words)

  
 GENESIS AND OTHER CREATION ACCOUNTS
Though it points back to the creation of all things, it must be understood that this was not the first thing ever to be written.
For example, in the account of Jacob and Esau, Esau's story comes first, but it is Jacob's which is more fully developed and which holds the place of higher importance to the theme of the book.
The Jews held this to be a conversation that the Lord was having with the angels.
www.angelfire.com /nt/theology/02creat.html   (2065 words)

  
 Bryan Chapell on Creation
The first issue relates to our church's understanding of the creation accounts in Genesis, the second relates to the way in which the Westminster Confession of Faith will be used to maintain the orthodoxy and ministry of the PCA.
The creation issue, quite frankly, is surprising to us since for generations there has been an informed allowance for differences among Bible-believing Presbyterians about how best to interpret these accounts, so long as they were believed to be accurate and historical.
What seems most apparent, however, is that the timing of the creation days was not really an issue at the time of the Assembly, and so, clearly definitive statements were not made (and probably were not intended to be made) on this issue.
www.reformed.org /creation/chapel_on_creation.html   (3089 words)

  
 Creation's Science vs Evolution's Religion - Bible Questions
The creation story in Genesis is the rock that the rest of the Bible is built upon; the story of an all-powerful God making life from nothing.
Genesis 10:20 says, "These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, in their nations." Perhaps all families, countries, nations, and tongues were created or developed from this event.
Maybe the colors were divinely created at that time, or maybe they are just a natural product of a small group of people speaking their own language and marrying back to their own parent stock.
home.sprynet.com /~eastwood01/qbible.htm   (2076 words)

  
 Christian Reflections of Scott Thile
Calculating the age of the Earth by using the biblical genealogies dates the creation somewhere between 4000 and 8000 B.C. According to geologists, however, the generally accepted age for the Earth and the rest of the solar system is about 4.55 billion years.
Some creation scientists holding to this view contend that the radiometric dating techniques used by mainstream science are flawed, and their work is focused on demonstrating the problems with these dating processes.
Either God's revelation of creation to Moses (who was God's instrument in writing the book of Genesis) was in a series of six pictures, perhaps given to Moses on six consecutive days, or the author arranged the material in a logical grouping of six periods, which are then referred to as days.
campus.murraystate.edu /staff/scott.thile/Christian/Genesis.html   (1433 words)

  
 Literary Genre
However, if the first account was written during the first exilic era (when the Jews were slaves to Egypt), the purpose of the account does not change since the Egyptian religion was just as polytheistic as the Babylonian religion, and equally idolatrous.
The deeper meaning of the Genesis creation accounts is this: the accounts served as a response to the idolatrous and polytheistic impersonal neighboring religions and cosmologies.
Thus, the accounts were easy to remember so that they could be passed down through generations so that the Hebrew children would understand that while their neighboring cultures are bowing before statues, they are worshiping a true God who loves them.
www.theisticevolution.org /lit_genre.html   (1162 words)

  
 Two Accounts of Creation in Genesis
The first creation account of man takes place on the sixth day and is as follows: "And God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.
The second account of creation explains that "the LORD God formed man from the dust of the earth.
The first refers to the Creator as God, or as Elohim (the plural majestic form of El) in Hebrew, while the second refers to the Creator as the LORD God, or YHWH, which is God's personal name in Hebrew.
www.deliriumsrealm.com /delirium/articleview.asp?Post=284   (428 words)

  
 Are there contradictions between the first and second chapters of Genesis? - ChristianAnswers.Net
Those not included were the fish of the sea, the creeping things, and the beasts of the earth mentioned in Genesis 1:24, which presumably were those wild animals living at considerable distance from man and his cultivated fields." [1].
The purpose of Genesis 2:18-25 is not to give another account of creation but to show that there was no kinship whatsoever between Adam and the animals.
There is therefore enough evidence for us to conclude that Adam most probably was the author of Genesis 2:4b-5:1, and that this is his record of his own experiences with respect to events in the Garden of Eden, the creation of Eve, the Fall, and in the lives of Cain, Abel, and Seth.
www.christiananswers.net /q-aig/aig-c023.html   (744 words)

  
 Recommended Readings on Theistic Evolution and Creation
And he explains the neglect of authorial intent in the Genesis creation accounts--texts which appear to be more of a response to one or both of the ancient cosmologies neighboring the Hebrews.
Hyers is sensitive to those who cling to traditional interpretations of the creation accounts in Genesis, and is careful not to insult the intelligence of anyone.
The credibility of Christianity as being an intellectual faith is at risk because of the Creation biblical literalists, and by publishing this book, Frye acknowledged that he refuses to standby and watch.
www.theisticevolution.org /books   (704 words)

  
 Rejection of Pascal's Wager: The Creation Myths: Internal Difficulties   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Most skeptics tend to dismiss the story told in the first three chapters of Genesis as so obviously mythical as to be unworthy of any serious discussion.
In the first account, water first covered the earth and dry land was not made until the third day (Genesis 1:9-13).
The reference to God in the first account was simply Elohim (normally translated as God) while in the second account the creator is always referred to as Yahweh Elohim (usually translated as Lord God).
www.geocities.com /paulntobin/creationint.html   (951 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Meaning of Creation: Genesis and Modern Science: Books: M. Conrad Hyers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Much is made of the opposition between Genesis 1 (the Priestly account), which Hyers believes was composed in the 6th century BC (p51) and Genesis 2 (the Yahwist account), which is said to be from the Solomonic period (10th century BC) and is therefore much earlier.
Creation is thus redefined as an artsy, avant-garde mix of design and arbitrariness (p181), a kind of jam session where God lets things happen as much as He makes them happen (p175), almost as if He wanted to be surprised by His Creation.
For example, Genesis 1 is not an historical account of creation but a polemic against the gods of other nations.
www.amazon.com /Meaning-Creation-Genesis-Modern-Science/dp/0804201250   (2615 words)

  
 Creation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Genesis 1:1 affirms that God is before all else and that He is the one and only cause of all else.
We know nothing of the creation beyond the Mosaic declaration, “God said,” “and it was so,” which is the mysterious and majestic overtone of the creation.
The very fact that so much rests upon the creation record—even the whole of Scripture—prompts the devout and prudent Bible student to conform his declarations to the explicit words of Holy Writ.
www.lifetalk.net /lifequest/study/creation.htm   (1243 words)

  
 Introduction by Bryan Chappell
Genesis 1 must be treated as accurate history unless there are sound exegetical grounds for doing otherwise.
If Genesis 1 is not seen as historical, there will be others, in time, who will say that Genesis 3 is not historical.
However, by believing Genesis 1 to be non-literal, the door is open for a non-literal interpretation of Genesis 3.
www.fpcjackson.org /resources/apologetics/creation1.htm   (3753 words)

  
 Definition: Anterior   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
The anonymous writers of Genesis I and Genesis II borrowed the Assyrian flood myths, possibly during the Captivity in Babylon.
The original account of creation which the authors of Genesis plagerized is known as the "Enuma Elish" (The start of the seven tablets that record the creation event, translated as "When on High....").
Anyone who believes that the two creation accounts in Genesis are unique and the first, therefore have no excuse for their ignorance.
www.holysmoke.org /icr10cul.htm   (267 words)

  
 Creationism versus Scientific Evolution Theory: Introduction - Criticizing Genesis
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you: according to Genesis the seas are created not by gravity and irregularities in the Earth's surface, but by God literally pushing the water around to move it all into one place.
Then, he creates the "greater light" (read: the Sun) and the "lesser light" (read: the Moon) to govern the day and night, apparently ignorant of the fact that the Moon generates no light at all, and merely reflects the light of the Sun.
www.creationtheory.org /Introduction/Genesis.shtml   (2532 words)

  
 Truth Shineth - creation
We're fortunate to have the Creation accounts in Genesis, Moses, and Abraham.
Man does not 'create' anything if by this term is meant the producing of something from nothing; but he does make the formless up into form; or rather it is through his conscious co-operation that the one Mind forms its universe.
The rib or bone that became woman is symbolical of the very substantial character of the love that she represents.
mysite.verizon.net /eternalround/22creation.htm   (1759 words)

  
 Study Culpepper, Augustine, Borg
Borg, being a contemporary religious writer, is of course aware of the controversies regarding the theory of evolution, and the role of the Genesis stories in that controversy.
One of the main reasons this reading was included is that it addresses the question of whether the Genesis accounts can be true if the events they relate did not ever actually happen.
There are a wide variety of creation myths in various religious traditions, and what a compatibilist might say about each will vary depending on the details of the stories, but the basic move toward nonliteral, metaphorical or symbolic interpretation will be the same.
lilt.ilstu.edu /kfmachin/phi224/study_culpepper_augustine_borg.htm   (702 words)

  
 Chapter 1. Table of Contents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
It begins by describing the creation of the world, and along the way it conveys basic features of the Hebrew view of God, the universe, and humanity.
Genesis also accounts for the origin of the nation of Israel by telling tales of its ancestors.
Genesis is such an important book that it gets two chapters: Chapter 1.
www.hope.edu /academic/religion/bandstra/RTOT/CH1/CH1_TC.HTM   (74 words)

  
 Genesis Q&A
Are Genesis 1 and 2 Contradictory Creation Accounts?
Genesis 1 and 2: refutation of alleged contradictions (Semi-Technical) Tekton Apologetics Ministries
Genesis and ancient Near Eastern stories of Creation and the Flood: an introduction (Christian Answers Network)
www.answersingenesis.org /home/area/faq/genesis.asp   (711 words)

  
 Questions about Creation
Does Genesis chapter 1 literally mean 24 hour days?
Why did God create such a vast universe and other planets if there is only life on earth?
How could there be light on the first day of Creation if the sun was not created until the fourth day?
www.gotquestions.org /questions_Creation.html   (322 words)

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