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

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Both Genesis 1 and 2 are alike in that they tell the story of God creating the Earth and all that is in it, with an emphasis on the creation of humankind.

However, biblical scholars have long believed that the two creation accounts were authored by two distinct authors writing in different time periods. This is based on the marked stylistic differences between the two versions.

The first account (Genesis 1) is written in an elevated style of poetic diction and uses poetic devices. One of these is anaphora, or the repetition of the same words at the beginning of consecutive lines. For example, lines repeatedly begin with the words "and God said." This creation account also uses the literary device of repetition to create a sense of cadence, over and over referring to aspects of creation with "and it was very good." Many scholars believe Genesis 1 was written to be sung or recited as a hymn.

The account in Genesis 2, however, is not written in an elevated poetic style. It is prosaic,...

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