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Where is the Creation story in the Old and New testament?

Asked by Yvening_Star (148 points ) February 7th, 2012

Is it all of genesis or a part of genesis?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Chapters 1–11 of Genesis. So only a part (about 20%) of Genesis.

dappled_leaves's avatar

There are actually two creation stories in Genesis.

Nullo's avatar

@dappled_leaves A common misconception. The ‘second’ is something of a Cliff’s Notes of the first.

The New Testament alludes to the rest of the Old Testament, but does not have its own account of the creation of the world.

Aethelflaed's avatar

Genesis 1 and 2 are the creations stories, which can be read here for free (though, admittedly, an older translation that uses some more archaic language. If a certain verse is tripping you up, you can get a newer version on Bible Gateway with any translation you like).

dappled_leaves's avatar

@Nullo You say “common misconception”, I say “difference of opinion”. Tomato, tomato.

SavoirFaire's avatar

As noted above, it’s just the opening chapters of Genesis. I recommend this site, which allows you to compare translations.

@Nullo A Cliff’s Notes that changes the details. I’d want my money back.

Nullo's avatar

@SavoirFaire It doesn’t change them, it throws the main points into sharp relief.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Nullo In a new order contradictory to the original.

fundevogel's avatar

It’s been a while since I read Documentary Theory…but scholars have traced the two creation stories to separate sources. One is from the J Source and the other from the E Source, they’re named J & E because in E god is referred to as Elohim and in J he is called Yahweh (previously missed translated as Jehovah). Their writing was separated by a hundred years or so and there are differences in the order and emphasis of creation. The most notable being in the first man and woman are created together and in the other woman is created from man’s rib. The various pre-Biblical sources were often woven together in the Bible by it’s compilers in an attempt to create one complete account (which had some strange consequences), but I think the creation accounts remain uncombined. The same can not be said of the flood story.

Yes this is strictly supplementary, but I thought it might be of interest. I learned it from this book.

mattbrowne's avatar

There are two creation myths in the Old Testament.

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