sumobob2 (sumobob2) wrote in saltshakers,


I have two questions, to be listed in two posts (for length reasons)

Gen. 1:27 (Young's Literal Translation) And God prepareth the man in His image; in the image of God He prepared him, a male and a female, He prepared them. (KJV uses "Created" instead of "Prepared")

Gen. 2:7 (YLT) And Jehovah God formeth the man - dust from the ground, and breatheth into his nostrils breath of life, and the man becometh a living creature. (KJV uses "Living Soul" instead of "Living Creature")

Between those two verses, the 6th day ends, and God rests on the 7th day. Genesis 2:4 seems to begin a "retelling" of the creation story, saying (YLT) "These are the births of the heavens and of the earth in their being prepared, in the day of Jehovah God's making earth and heavens".

So finally the first question: Is this two tellings of the same story? Or is the fact that there is an apparant passage of time and the usage of a different word significant? I've heard two theories. One is that the writer(s) of Genesis wanted to clarify the story slightly, so they wrote out the creation story (Ch. 1 and beginning of Ch. 2) and then wrote it again, with the second telling beginning if verse 4. The other theory (that got me thinking about this) is that God did the initial creation and "formed" or "created" (1:27) man in his own image. In other words, God made man as a spirit to live in the heavenly realm first. Later, God "formed" (2:7) man, creating a physical body for him on earth. Any thoughts?
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