reply to post by Azadok
And that means you, too, Azadok !
Don’t be fooled by illiterate fundamentalist ‘bible believers’ who cannot even read the texts that they purport to believe in – that is, in
their original languages.
There are (2) Creation Myths of the Jews in the book of Genesis, and they DO NOT match in content, vocabulary, theology, Weltanschauung, spelling,
syntax or grammar.
The FIRST Creation Myth in Genesis is 1:1 – 2:4a continued in Gen 5:1-32 etc ; the writer lived during the time of the Prophet Hezekiel and uses
Hezekiel’s ‘northern’ spelling and word order (c. 550 BCE) – long after the time of ‘Moses’ and full of Babylonian loan words. In this
Myth (called P for ‘priestly’) of Creation, the writer has MALE & FEMALE being created together in the image of the Elohim : AND HE CALLED THEIR
NAME ADAM. This is the story which includes 6 days of Creation and One day of Rest for ELOHIM.
Here’s a piece of P’s version of the Creation Myth #1 of the Jews in Gen 1:26 And ELOHIM said, “Let us make Man in our image, in our likeness,
so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals] and over all the creatures that
move on the face of the Ground.”
Then ELOHIM created mankind in his own image, in the image of the ELOHIM he created them; male and female he created them.
Gen 5:1 And when ELOHIM created mankind, he made them in the likeness of ELOHIM – And he made them Male & Female and he blessed them an he called
THEIR Name ADAM in the day in which they were created.
Compare this first P Creation Myth with the SECOND Creation Myth of the Jews in Genesis 2:4b to 4:26 – whose writer lived c. 722 BCE and uses an
accent which is Hebronite (southern Judean), there is NO SIX days of anything – Adam is first formed from mud (admah) and then YHWH-ELOHIM breathes
into his nostrls the ‘breath of Life’ and ‘Adam became a living Nephesh’ (‘breather’); only then are animals formed from mud and brought
to him for mating/naming; and finally Chavvah is brought to the man ‘as a helper’ formed from his ‘side’ – clearly a contradiction between
the creation of males & females together in the P version.
So we are dealing with TWO very contradictory myths of creation in the opening chapters of the ‘hebrew Bible’ – and anyone who denies this fact
is a. a liar or b. non-conversant with unpointed paleo-Hebrew and ancient mythmaking (cf: the Bablylonian Enuma Elish, for example).
Now don't tell me any of this is NEW to you ATS'ers !!!!