Compare and contrast the two biblical creation stories in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2.

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If you look at these two chapters of the Book of Genesis carefully, you can actually see the two stories as complementing each other rather than opposing each other. Genesis 1 tells us of the specific order of creation and what God did and created on each day in order to make the earth. Six days were spent working, and one day was spent resting at the end of his labours when God was able to look upon his creation and declare that all was "good." This is of course the classical account of creation.

However, in Genesis 2, we are retold the account of the creation of Adam and Eve in much more detail than in Genesis 1 and how Adam was set to work in the Garden of Eden and named the animals. Adam's loneliness is focused upon and the way that accordingly Eve was made out of one of Adam's ribs to be his companion. What we need to think about when comparing and contrasting these two accounts is that this is the same story of creation but told from two different angles. We are given two different accounts and as a result there are some differences in terms of how things happened and the specific details. This is meant to help us gain a greater understanding and a fuller picture of the creation narrative rather than anything else, however.


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