1. Read Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a (the end of the story).
2. Read Genesis 2:4b - end of chapter 2.
- If you are carefully outlining what do you notice?
- Which story is the most accurate?
- Which story "grabs" you the most?
Now, imagine this character, but much larger:
Imagine the upper left represents the first segment (first day of creation)
Imagine that the lower left represents the last segment of the Genesis 2 story.
Imagine that the pointy part, pointing RIGHT, is roughly 2:4a and 2:4b.
In the Mediterranean way of organizing thought, that POINTY area is the Main Point.
E.g., the point of the collation of the two legends, stories, etc. is that HUMANS were created by God.
Al, you ask, why is that important?
Ah! I say. Because way too many HUMANS were worshiped as gods. Pharoah comes to mind.
Ah! I say. Becasuse BAAL worship in Canaan was about worshiping a BULL But the Bull was created and Humans were to have dominion, not the superstitious way the Canaanites had it worked out.
These two stories (yes, there are TWO, not One, stories) are not about how the world was created, but that we are ALL, humans, animals, plants, sky, stars, sun -- created. Not meant to be worshiped. Creatures, not the creator.
Once you see that, you have a whole different take on what the Bible is up to, and don't need to abandon science at all.
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