"Two creation accounts in Genesis?"

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 16th Feb 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Some one has suggested that there are two creation accounts in Genesis, causing confusion and creating a contradiction. There is an intelligent solution.

The mistaken notion

Someone has suggested that there are two creation accounts in the Bible - the first being in Genesis, chapter 1, and the second following immediately in chapter 2. It has been alleged that this results in a contradiction, or at least confusion to the casual reader of the text.

Toward an understanding...

One of the literary structures that shows up in Genesis shows up here. First, less important things are dealt with rapidly, and then things more important to the central theme of the book are returned to and developed more fully. Genesis 1 first deals briefly with man in the overall creation narrative. Genesis 2 focuses on man and makes him the central the theme of the book. The Bible is the book of fallen men, and its purpose is to tell us who we are and what God wants us to know. Since the Bible's purpose is to tell of God's intent to restore the relationship with fallen man, the background is laid for the account of the creation of Adam AND Eve and their placement in the garden. The temptation and fall are referenced, and when the punishment is pronounced, the first promise of man's salvation is given in Genesis 3:15. " And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel." Jesus' death on the cross would result in the salvation of fallen men, those who would accept it and His lordship. This would be the bruising on the head of Satan.
The 'bruising of the heel' is the crucifixion Jesus would have to endure in order to accomplish the redemption of mankind.

Simply stated...

Genesis 1, deals with the creation of all things, while the creation of man and his wife are the focus of Genesis 2.


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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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