quote:And furthermore, those differing creation orders are critical to the storylines of the two creation stories. G1 is step-by-step, with God creating one thing at a time, and with humanity as God's last and best creation. God seems very happy with what he had done -- happy enough to take a day off, the first Sabbath Day there ever was.
In G1, anything created after humanity would be rather anticlimactic -- and both sexes are created at the same time.
However, in G2, God has to fix his creation as he goes. First he creates Adam, but Adam gets lonely. Then he creates lots of animals, but Adam is still not satisfied. Then he creates Eve, but though Adam becomes less lonely, a certain mischievous snake leads that couple astray. God must be rather exasperated at the end of that story.
In G2, it would not make sense for God to create Adam's most satisfactory companion, Eve, before the others.
There are other differences:
G1: God is elohim G2: God is yhwh elohim, often translated as "the LORD God"
In G1, God is relatively distant, creating by commanding that this, that, and the other thing come into existence.
In G2, God is more down-to-earth, walking in the Garden of Eden, creating Adam from some dirt, and creating Eve from one of Adam's ribs.
There is no contradiction whatsoever in these two chapters of Genesis. Not one has been demonstrated.