Thus the Bible and science agrees that the universe began to exist and it is old.
But science disagrees with the that very first verse in the Bible because the earth was not created in the beginning. There's billions of years between the beginning of the universe and the beginning of the earth.
Genesis 1:1 took place in the beginning whenever that was. Genesis 2:4 is the history of the day God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 2:5-4:24 is the history of the day God created the heavens and the earth and took place the same day God created the heavens and the earth.
That is what the text says.
Where does the text say to omit Gen 4:25-26 from the history of that day?
The universe was created in 1:1, and then silently fell apart before 1:2? Where does that come from?
The idea is that the Garden of Eden story occurred first, during a gap between Gen 1:1 and Gen 1:2. Then god reset the earth and created a new male and female in his own image, which lead down the lineage to the Flood and on to today. There was some excuse about "Adam" in Gen 5 just meaning "a man" and totally not being the guy that was named Adam in Gen 2.
He's lining up Gen 2:4 with Gen 1 as both being in the same day that god created the heavens and the earth. And he's lining up Gen 5:1-2 with Gen 1:27 as being the same timeframe when God made male and female in his own image.
So the chronology would be as I wrote:
Gen 1:1 Gen 2:4 - Gen 4:24* Gen 1:2 - Gen 2:3 Gen 5 onwards.
The problem that he never got around was that Gen 4:25-26 ends with:
quote:And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
While Gen 5 starts with:
quote:And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
So we'd have to have two different Adams, who both had sons named Seth who both had sons named Enos. I think he ended our last discussion with that not being impossible, so he was still right.
This time around though, he decided to just chop those last two verses off of his narrative and have Gen 4 end at verse 24*.