Genesis 2:
The Second Creation Story from the Bible.

The Sun by Edvard Munch

1863 - 1944

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Creation Story II

Genesis 2:1-25

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.


Adam and Eve

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams[b]came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden;and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d]and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Edento work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man calledeach living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam[f] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is unitedto his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Footnotes:Genesis 2:5 Or land; also in verse 6

Genesis 2:6 Or mist

Genesis 2:7 The Hebrew for man (adam) sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for ground (adamah); it is also the name Adam (see verse 20).

Genesis 2:12 Or good; pearls

Genesis 2:13 Possibly southeast Mesopotamia

Genesis 2:20 Or the man

Genesis 2:21 Or took part of the man’s side

Genesis 2:22 Or part


Bible Genesis Paradoxes

Chapters  1 & 2 contain two accounts of the creation of the world by God.  According to the first (Genesis 1:1-2:4a), man was created, male and female (Genesis 1:26-27), after the creation of plants (Genesis 1:11-12) and animals (Genesis 1:20-25); according to the second (Genesis 2:4b-25), man was created first (Genesis 2:7), then the trees (Genesis 2:9), then the animals (Genesis 2:19), and finally woman (Genesis 2:21-22).

 

In view of these discrepancies, to say nothing of the differences of style and feeling so obvious as to need no detailed enumeration here, the two stories cannot come from the same hand.

 

The first is basically from the second from J2; both of them bear the marks of having been elaborated by writers other than the original authors. –  1 Creation (1:1-2:4a)

-         The Interpreter’s Bible 

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Bible Genesis Paradoxes

Chapters  1 & 2 contain two accounts of the creation of the world by God.  According to the first (Genesis 1:1-2:4a), man was created, male and female (Genesis 1:26-27), after the creation of plants (Genesis 1:11-12) and animals (Genesis 1:20-25); according to the second (Genesis 2:4b-25), man was created first (Genesis 2:7), then the trees (Genesis 2:9), then the animals (Genesis 2:19), and finally woman (Genesis 2:21-22).


In view of these discrepancies, to say nothing of the differences of style and feeling so obvious as to need no detailed enumeration here, the two stories cannot come from the same hand.

 

The first is basically from the second from J2;  both of them bear the marks of having been elaborated by writers other than the original authors. –  1 Creation (1:1-2:4a)

The Interpreter’s Bible


Paradox

No days or other periods of time are mentioned: No "One the first, second, etc. day.

Creation has to do with the earth only. Creation of the sun, moon, stars are not mentioned.

Man created before animals. Man is created from the dust of the earth.

Animals are created for a limited purpose: to keep man company or be "a helper"--though they turn out to be unsuitable for Adam, forcing God to make Eve instead.

Man is to have charge of Eden only and, presumably, is never to leave it.

Woman is created after (and from) the body of man.

All creatures, including man and woman, are given names.

Four speakers engage in dialogue, one of them an animal (serpent/snake)

The deity forbids eating the fruit of a tree (Tree of Knowledge.)



Creation by Bible Basics from Genesis 1:1-31 and Genesis 2:1-3 Artwork: The Sun by Edvard Munch 1863 - 1944 Music: "Morning Mood" by Edvard Grieg June 1843 September 1907 Reflective and Medatative Video Presentation by Bible Basics "Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite:


Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Adam and Eve

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

No days or other periods of time are mentioned: No "One the first, second, etc. day.

Creation has to do with the earth only.

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,

 but streams[b]came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.

 Then the Lord God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Man created before animals.

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden;and there he put the man he had formed. 

The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 

11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 

12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d]and onyx are also there.) 

13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 

14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Edento work it and take care of it. 

Man is to have charge of Eden only and, presumably, is never to leave it.

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 

17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

The deity forbids eating the fruit of a tree (Tree of Knowledge.)

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Animals are created for a limited purpose: to keep man company or be "a helper"--though they turn out to be unsuitable for Adam, forcing God to make Eve instead.

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man calledeach living creature, that was its name. 

All creatures, including man and woman, are given names.


20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam

[f] no suitable helper was found.

All creatures, including man and woman, are given names.

 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 

Woman is created after (and from) the body of man.

22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is unitedto his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.





This is a great book for children and adults; a good simple way to explain Genesis to a child and a new and different perspective to challenge an adult!

The Blessing Seed: A Creation Myth for the New Millennium

by Caitlín Matthews, Alison Dexter (Illustrator)
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 • rating details • 14 ratings • 5 reviews Goodreads


When God makes the world, the first Man and Woman are amazed by the mountains and valleys, the sea and the stars, and the wonderful animals and plants with whom they share their home. But what is their task in life?

To find out, they decide to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge, although God has advised them not to do so before it is ripe. When God sees what they have done, he gently explains to them that it is time for them to explore the four paths: the path of wonder, the path of emptiness, the path of making and the path of coming home.

With his guidance, the Man and the Woman begins to understand their place in the world, and they set out to explore it with the song of the blessing seed in their hearts.




In this beautiful transformation of the traditional Biblical creation story, Caitlin Matthews has written a modern myth that will inspire both adults and children. Alison Dexter's dramatic and exuberant illustrations celebrate the vitality and optimism of the text.



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