Genesis Wilcox : The Creation Of The Earth, Humanity, And All Accounts Of Life

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Tiffanee Wilcox Since certain details are different in each of the creation stories, it is concluded that they must be products of two different times. Genesis 1:1-2:4a proposes a cosmocentric account while Genesis 2:4b-3 revolves around an anthropocentric account of creation. Although both accounts foretell the creation of the heavens, the earth, humanity, and all accounts of life, the stories differ by the names for God, methodology, and order. The cosmocentric account of Genesis 1:1-2:4a is the story of how God created the heavens and the earth out of a void. He created the world by bringing order to the existing chaos. It was not simply creating the world out of nothing, ex nihilo, but instead was using preexistent matter. God’s role in creation was bringing order to the previous existence of chaos and goodness to the symbolically evil, “formless and void”, earth (1:2). The anthropocentric account of Genesis 2:4b-3 describes the creation of the earth and how humanity came to populate it; God created man, the Garden of Eden, and then the creation of a female companion for Adam. The development of the first creation story is a parallel structure of order; the second creation story portrays a different order. There was a strict pattern to the six days of creation in the first Genesis that the second story did not follow; the first three days are directly parallel to the last days. On day one he created light in order to create the opposition of day and night. Day four

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