If there are two creation accounts who were the others that were created?
The Torah states that it was written in its entirety by one
author, Moses (Deuteronomy 31:24), to whom it was dictated by God
(Exodus 24:12), including earlier events.
The Torah has one creation-narrative, which takes the form of a summary (Genesis ch.1) followed by an in-depth recap (Rashi commentary, Genesis 2:8).
When we see a newspaper whose opening headline is paraphrased in the detailed story, we don't ascribe the repetition to different writers.
But this kind of literary device, which the Torah employs to enrich its text, has been used by Bible-critics in an attempt to reassign and divide up its authorship.
The Jewish sages, based on ancient tradition, identified many of the literary devices used by the Torah, which include:
- recapping earlier brief passages to elucidate,
- employing different names of God to signify His various attributes,
- using apparent changes or redundancies to allude to additional unstated details,
- speaking in the vernacular that was current during each era,
and many more. While Judaism has always seen the Torah as an intricate tapestry that nonetheless had one Divine source, some modern authors such as Wellhausen (the father of modern Biblical-criticism, 1844-1918) have suggested artificially attributing the narrative to several unknown authors, despite the Torah's explicit statement as to its provenance (Exodus 24:12, Deuteronomy 31:24). This need not concern believers, since his claims have been debunked one by one, as archaeology and other disciplines have demonstrated the integrity of the Torah. No fragments have ever been found that would support his Documentary Hypothesis, which remains nothing more than an arbitrary claim:
The creation-narrative in Genesis (a Christian author)
A Jewish summary of the Creation-narrative is that, day by day, God created the universe and everything in it (Genesis ch.1).God created the universe out of nothing (Exodus 20:11, Isaiah 40:28; Rashi commentary to Genesis 1:14; Maimonides' "Guide," 2:30). Nachmanides on Gen. 1:1 states emphatically that this is a fundamental Jewish tradition.Note that the Torah, in describing the Creation, deliberately employs brevity and ellipsis, just as it does in many other topics. See the Talmud, Hagigah 11b.
- On day 1: God created the universe in general, light, and this
Earth. The light was not the same as that of the sun. Rather, it
was light that God created before the sun, and which emanated from
a point in space without any physical source; like what we might
term a "white hole."
- On day 2: God created the separation between the Earth and the
- On day 3: God separated the continents from the oceans, and
- On day 4: God created the sun, moon, and stars.
- On day 5: God created birds and fish.
- On day 6: God created animals and people (Adam and Eve
- On day 7: God ceased creating, thereby creating the concept of
Adam and Eve were the ones created and there are two separate accounts of the same event.
This is only my understanding of the scripture through using the Strong's Concordance of the KJVB, the King James Bible and the Jewish Bible the Tanakh.
I understand that there were 2 creations of man on two different days. One on the 6th day and another on the 8th day, after the Sabbath.
The Numbers 7 & 8 are sacred to the Jews,
In kabalistic teachings, the number seven symbolizes perfection - perfection that is achievable via natural means - while eight symbolizes that which is beyond nature and its (inherently limited) perfection.
Genesis 1:26-28 The Gentiles/Nations/ other races of peoples
1st man "adam" was created through a command GOD gave to the earth, both male and female, came forth from the ground. FYI (adam is the Hebrew word for man, mankind, human beings, etc. The word "man" was a bad English translation in this verse. A better translation would have been mankind. or humans.)
Genesis 2:5b-7 Adam and Eve are a creation that is one step above the natural order, higher than nature and its limitations, a "saving" people.
2nd the man "haadam" and was formed by the hands of GOD and not by a command given to the earth. FYI (haadam is the Hebrew word for "the man", and I believe this "special" man has a special purpose. Because through him, whom we call Adam, the Messiah would be born thousands of years later.
(Adam - Noah - David - Jesus)
# 120 'ā·ḏām אָדָ֛ם man
# 120 hā·'ā·ḏām, הָֽאָדָ֗ם the man
# 127 hā·'ă·ḏā·māh, הָ֣אֲדָמָ֔ה the ground
*Notice the each of these words contain the word "adam".
According to the NAS Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, these are the meanings of "adam".
- "any man , anyone, anyone's, being, common sort, human, infantry, low degree, low, man, man's, man, mankind, men, men of low degree, men's, men, mortal, one, people, person, person, persons, population, someone"
How accurate is the Jewish Bible?
Jeremiah is the first to mention the scribes as a professional group: "How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain make he it; the pen of the scribes (sopherim) is in vain" (Jer.8:8).
The word sopherim literally means "the counters"; the early scribes earned this title because they counted every letter of every book of Scripture to make sure they didn't leave out anything.
After the Jews returned from Exile, they formed communities of scribes to preserve and circulate the Scriptures that had become so precious to them. These scribes tried to explain the variations in different manuscripts. They eventually developed a system of vowel pointing that preserved the pronunciation of the Hebrew words.
Before he began his work each day, the scribe would test his reed pen by dipping it in ink and writing the name Amalek, then crossing it out (Deut. 25:19). Then he would say, "I am writing the Torah in the name of its sanctity and the name of God in its sanctity." The scribe would read a sentence in the manuscript he was copying, repeat it aloud, and then write it. Each time he came to the name of God, he would say, " I am writing the name of God for the holiness of His name." If he made an error in writing God's name, he had to destroy the entire sheet of papyrus or vellum that he was using.
After the scribe finished copying a particular book, he would count all of the words and letters it contained. Then he checked this tally against the count for the manuscript that he was copying. He counted the number of times a particular word occurred in the book, and he noted the middle word and the middle letter in the book, comparing all of these with his original. By making these careful checks, he avoided any errors.
This was done from generation to generation for thousands of years.