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A very common view held by many Christians is that the first creation account (Genesis 1:1-2:4a) is then summarised for the creation of man in the second creation account (Genesis 2:4b-2:20). In fact, they are quite different and very inconsistent accounts. Leon R. Kass (The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis ) says that once we recognise the independence of the two creation stories, we are compelled to adopt a critical principle of reading if we mean to understand each story on its own terms. We must scrupulously avoid reading into the first story any facts or notions taken from the second, and vice versa. Interestingly, Young Earth creationists, believing in biblical literalism, usually attempt to read the first account literally to establish that the world was created in just seven days, but also read the second account to say that this all happened only six to eight thousand years ago. If they rejected one or the other creation account from Genesis, their position would appear more rational.

Another common view held by many Christians is that God began by creating the world itself, ex nihilo, as stated in the KJV English translation (Genesis 1:1): "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Scholars disagree with this translation. The influential eleventh-century Jewish scholar, Rashi, said that Genesis should really be read, "When God began to create" or "In the beginning of God's creation," which makes no suggestion of God creating the world. Instead of using the the KJV English translation, Robert Alter (Genesis Translation and Commentary) translates the first sentence as "When God began to create heaven and earth, and the water was welter and waste and darkness over the deep and God's breath hovering over the waters ..." Thus the first act of creation was when God created the light of day, therefore the first day.

Because it is now known that the world is not six to eight thousand years old, but over four billion years old, some try to resolve this by saying that the 'days' of this creation account are actually of indeterminate length and could even be millions of real years long. This is unnecessary if, as explained above, the story does not credit God with creating the world itself, since the world could already have been billions of years old when God began his creation.

Generally, scientists do not consider it their role to actively disprove religious traditions, but they do acknowledge that this creation story is scientifically impossible. You can not have daylight on day one, but only have the sun, moon and stars created on day three. In any case, the sun and stars are older than the earth, and the other planets are a similar age to the earth: approximately 4.5 billion years. The firmament that separates the waters above from the waters below, does not exist. Overall, the order of creation is wrong and simplistic.

Kass says that in this, the first account, the animals come first and man is to be their ruler, whereas in the second, the beasts come after as man's possible companions.

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Q: What are the different views of the seven days of creation in Genesis 1-2 and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each?
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How many creation stories are there in the Hebrew scriptures?

There are two complete and quite different creation stories in Genesis - the first in Genesis 1:1-2:4a, the second in Genesis 2:4b-2:25. There are fragments of a third, now incomplete creation story in Psalms and Job.

What creation based on the book of genesis?

Gods creation of the earth and universe is mentioned in Genesis.

Where do you find the story of creation?

The story of creation can be found in Genesis 1. The creation of Adam and Eve can be found in Genesis 2.

Which chapter in the Bible is the creation in?

There are two creation accounts, in two chapters of Genesis. There are also fragments of a third creation in Psalms and Job. The first creation account is in Genesis chapter 1, continuing to Genesis 2:4a (the first sentence in verse 4).The second creation account is in Genesis chapter 2, beginning at verse 4b.

Genesis 1 is the broad outline and Genesis 2 fills in details where would Genesis 2 best fit into Genesis 1?

More correctly, Genesis 1 through to 2:4a is a general outline of the whole creation and the rest deals with the creation of man and his position over creation and the relationship between man and woman. Thus the detail which is in the second section deals with and enlarges upon the creation of man mentioned in a general sense in Genesis 1. This is in line with known ancient practice from other ancient writings. So, if one is trying to fit Genesis 2 into Genesis 1 it belongs in the part dealing with the creation of man.

How are the Book of Job and the Book of Genesis different?

The Books of Genesis tells different stories and are of that reason different. However they do both contain creation material.Genesis contains two complete creation stories, at Genesis 1:1-2:4a and 2:4b-2:20. Some scholars think of Genesis chapter 5 as possibly a third creation story.Job contains fragments of a much more primitive creation story, especially in chapter 38ff, where God querulously asked Job where he was when God created the world and if he is so righteous that he could do any of the things that God had done. Here we see suggestions of how at the time of creation God had to fight the chaos monsters, for example the behemoth and the leviathan. Chaos monsters were once closely associated with many creation stories of the Near East.Jewish answer:The books of Genesis and Job are two different things. Genesis recounts the events of the Creation, the Flood, and the lives of the righteous, from Abraham through Joseph.Job is a poetic prophecy concerning the question of the suffering of the righteous.

Where in the Bible can you find the creation of Adam and Eve?

The creation of Adam and Eve is to be found in Genesis chapter 2. There is another story of the creation of the first humans in Genesis chapter 1, but this was written by a different author at a different time. Leon R. Kass (The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis) says that the two stories should not be confused as they differ not only in content but also in tone, mood and orientation.For more information, please visit:

What event does Genesis start with?

The Creation.

What are the release dates for In the Beginning Creation According to Genesis - 2012?

In the Beginning Creation According to Genesis - 2012 was released on: USA: 2012

Where do you find the creation in the Bible?

Genesis ch.1 and 2. See also:Is there evidence for Creation?Can you show that God exists?How many Creation-stories?

How many Books of the Bible contain creation stories?

Genesis contains two quite different creation stories, Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Genesis 2:4b-2:25, although most believers learn to harmonise their content and regard them as somehow the same story. In addition, Psalms and Job contain fragments of a more primitive Hebrew creation story.

Why is woman created with man in Genesis 1 but woman is created out of man in Genesis 2?

The reason for this difference is that there are two quite different creation stories in Genesis, written by two different authors. The first creation story is Genesis 1:1-24a (the first sentence of 2:4) and is believed to have been written by a source now known as the Priestly source. The second is in Genesis 2:4b-2:25 and is believed to have been written by a source now known as the Yahwist source. The creation of man and woman is, of course, not the only difference that scholars note between the two accounts.For more information, please visit: