Theories Of Creation Myth

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1).” This is how the story of the Bible and the Earth began. There are many different views and beliefs on the creation story today. There are numerous opinions and beliefs on “what actually happened” in the beginning, but in reality no one actually fully knows, or has proof, of how the world came to be. The opinions and beliefs from both sides can be seen as mere speculation by many, or as just plain faith by others. No matter how much either side believes themselves to be correct, every opinion is centered around a basis of faith in their own personal opinion. This argument is a long-standing one in today’s culture. For members of religions such as Christianity and Judaism,…show more content…
The theory presents the idea that there are actually four different sources and a redactor of the information. These were the Yahwist (J), Elohist (E), Deuteronomic (D), and the Priestly (P) writers, or JEDP. The first creation story is attributed to the Priestly source, by many scholars, because of the indifferent, stern tone; distinctive vocabulary; and the grand, dramatic style of writing. The second creation story retells the account of God creating the earth, but this time it shifts the focus to a deeper description of how life began on earth. Scholars have attributed this creation story to the Yahwist source because of the anthropomorphic view of God. This can be seen in the writings by the amount of humanistic actions that God is doing. An example of this is: “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into his nostrils…” (Genesis 2:7). As can be seen in this verse, the Lord is performing humanistic action through breathing Adam to life. Other examples of this kind of anthropomorphic writings can be seen throughout the second creation story. The two differing stories of creation, and the style of writing, strongly point to the possibility of there truly being more than one source in the
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