Genesis Two Creation Stories
I was not aware there were two different creation stories in Genesis “beginning” until taking this course. It is extremely interesting that in both stories basically the same thing is accomplished, the creation of the world. However, how this is described and accomplished is where the differences become noticeably different in the two stories. After reading both creations stories several times, I believe that each story simply gives a different prospective as the individuals who wrote them were different people.
In the first creation the author is speaking out Gods thoughts as they appeared each day. Genesis 1.1 – 1.31 tells us ...view middle of the document...
In the second creation, the author leads us to believe that there were already pre-existing material on earth, dust and the ground. Genesis 2.7 says “then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils and the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” We learn here that the name giving to man “Adam” is formed from the dust of the ground called Adamah. Unlike in the first creation where humans were created, woman is created in the second creation from the rib of Adam.
Another noticeable difference in the creations is not just how the story is told. It is in the way the author of each version uses words. In the first creation the author uses “God” while in the second creation the author uses “Lord God.” To me the use of wording truly expresses the difference in the two stories and gives merit to the possibility that they are the same story being told by two different people.
In conclusion, regardless if they are the same story or two different stories. They are meant for everyone to learn from. Depending on the individual, we all can read them and get something different out of them. It is amazing to me though, that though out my life I have heard bits and pieces from both creations never realizing that there were two stories.
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