Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Have You Noticed that the First Two Stories in Genesis are Very Different?
Most English translations have the ending of the first story and the beginning of the second in the wrong place.
● This is the last sentence of the first story (Genesis 1:1-2:4a) -- These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. “Heaven” was the name of a “solid dome-like structure” and “earth” was the name of the “dry ground beneath the dome.” The earth could not exist without the dome being in place first.
● This is the first sentence of the second story (Genesis 2:4b-3:24) -- In the day that Yahweh the god made the earth and the heavens. Here the “earth” is made first and then the “heavens.” That sequence would have been impossible in the first story – and after that nothing else is said about the earth and the heavens. There are no references to Yahweh creating either of them in this story.
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