Posted By: Oshun Auset In Response To: Re: Creation (one of the twelve)
Date: Thursday, 7 April 2005, at 1:27 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Creation (one of the twelve)
"I am a firm believer in the
word of God contained in th eholy bible.
no flaws, incorruptible,
straight from JAH thru man."
So which Biblical creation story do you take literally? There are 2...
Biblical scholars note that that there are 4 traditions represented in the Pentateuch. Jahwist, Elohist, Priestly, and Deuteronomic. The first account is the Priestly tradition. The second belongs to the Jahwist tradition
The first creation story is the following:
Genesis 1:26-28 (NRSV)
24) And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so.
25) God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26) Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
27) So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
28) God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’
29) God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
30) And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.
31) God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Notice also that this takes place on the sixth day.
Now, lets go to Genesis 2:4-25
4) These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
5) when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground;
6) but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground—
7) then the LORD God formed man (ha'adam)from the dust of the ground (ha'adamah), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. (See my comments above)
8) And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9) Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10) A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches.
11) The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12) and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.
13) The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush.
14) The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15) The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
16) And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
17) but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’
18) Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’
19)So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.
20) The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner.
21) So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
22) And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
23) Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman (Isha), for out of Man (Ish) this one was taken.’
24) Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.
25) And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.
Notice that this story is very different than the first. There is a different order to creation. The human being is created before all the animals, for example. Also, we have a very different sense of time here as well.
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