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Author Topic:   Contradictions: Hint that Genesis 1 and 2 are Allegorical
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04-22-2003 11:41 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by lpetrich
04-21-2003 1:16 PM

Interesting theory indeed. However, as stated, it is your personal theory and as much "fun" as it may be , it's far from the Biblical facts. There is no contradiction in the Genesis account of Ch's 1&2. Let's take a look. Please get your Bible out.

Gen. 2:4 is without a doubt a summary of the creative ages.

"(1) This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in (2) the day that the LORD God made earth and heavens. Gen. 2:4" NASB

As you can see, the first half or V 4 refers to the original creation of (1:1); the last half refers to the work of days 2, 3, and 4.

The first work was a "creation", and the second a "making or restoration" of the clouds in day 2, the earth(dry land) in day 3, and the solar system in day 4.

The words, "in the day" that God made the earth and the heavens(v4), gives us a commencement of a new section and a new narrative, complete in itself, to a great extent.

As we know, V 1:3-2:4 are the summary of the 6 days' work: and V 2:4-25 are a more detailed account of the work of days 2, 3, 5, and 6.

The "first narrative" clearly states "what" God did and embraces the universe and all things in it. The "second narrative" is mainly a description of "how" the work of days 2, 3, 5, and 6 was done.

We see in the "first" narrative that the Divine Being is called "Elohim", indicating creative relationship and infinite power. In the "second" narrative God is called "Jehovah-Elohim", which indicates covenant relationship and infinite power, so as to inspire man with implicit faith.

Hope this helps :-)

Paul :-)

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