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The Two Creation Stories: Gen 1:1-24 and Gen 2:4-25. First Creation Story: Gen 1:1-24. First 3 days God creates the physical world and separates each part in its place. Next 3 days God populates the world with living creatures giving proper roles.

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The two creation stories gen 1 1 24 and gen 2 4 25

The Two Creation Stories:Gen 1:1-24 and Gen 2:4-25

  • First Creation Story: Gen 1:1-24

  • First 3 days God creates the physical world and separates each part in its place

  • Next 3 days God populates the world with living creatures giving proper roles.

  • Lastly, God creates human beings, male and female, gives them dominion over all

  • Movement towards the creation of people as the last creative act.


The two creation stories gen 1 1 24 and gen 2 4 25

  • Second Creation Story: Gen 2:4-25

  • God begins with the creation of the man.

  • God builds up a world for his new creature.

  • God creates one human being, sees he needs companions.

  • God makes a garden, not enough.

  • God makes the animals, not enough.

  • God makes woman from man’s flesh, this was enough.

  • Symbols from Ancient Near Eastern Myths:

  • Babylonian symbol of long life, immortality:

Tree of life


The two creation stories gen 1 1 24 and gen 2 4 25

  • Sumerian poems of speak of:

Paradise garden in the East

Eden is near the head of today’s Persian Gulf where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers join 2 other streams to form a single river

  • Mesopotamian myth speaks of:

  • Becoming godlike in wisdom after eating food reserved for the gods.


The two creation stories gen 1 1 24 and gen 2 4 25

The use of literary forms of that time period was to:

  • Express the Israelite message.

  • God begins with the human species.

  • Creates a world they are to cultivate and tend.

  • Makes animals for them to rule over.

  • Establishes marriage and human community of two sexes to complement each other.

  • The word “Eden” used in scripture:

  • Refers to the name of a region in southern Mesopotamia

  • From the Sumerian word “eden” meaning “Fertile Plain”

  • Understood as “garden of delight”

  • Greek version is “paradise” or “pleasure park”


The two creation stories gen 1 1 24 and gen 2 4 25

Creation of Adam and Eve:

“The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.” Gen 2:7

  • God is portrayed as a potter molding man’s body out of clay or the “ground”. There is a play on words in Hebrew here between Adam (man) and Adama (ground).

Eve: from the Hebrew word “hawwa” (hay-va) is related to the Hebrew word “Hay” meaning “living”. Eve thus becomes “mother of the living” or the first woman to give life or give birth.


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