Thursday, September 23, 2010
Genesis 2: Another Creation Story
The second creation story (or a detailed description of the 6th day depending on how you view the text) focuses on the creation of human beings.
First God creates Adam (man) from the dust of the ground and breathes into him the breath of life, and then places man in a garden, which God has blessed, to work it and take care of it. (Of course there are those two pesky trees that will provoke a pretty big plot twist in the next chapter)
God realizes that it is not good for man to live alone and so God gives the animals to Adam for companionship. However, (after Adam is done naming all of them) this doesn’t suffice and God is still not satisfied so he creates, for Adam, a woman from one of Adam’s ribs. (There was actually a discussion over whether or not men had one less rib than women.)
So in Genesis 2 we find a story/poem where all is seemingly right in world (or at least in the Garden). Everything is in its right place. Human beings are in their primal state, living off the land. They depend on the trees and the local vegetation to sustain them which means, at this time, humans were completely dependant on God for their provisions and their survival (unless you believe there was no death at this point, and then I don’t guess they necessarily had to eat).
Things are, in a sense the way they are suppose to be. We don’t see Adam asking God, “How do we get to heaven someday?” I wonder why that is?
So what are some other detail that stick out to you in this part of the story? Are there any questions that arise due to the ordering of events compared to the first chapter's account?