Christians/Jews: Why does the Bible contain two different creation stories?
I know there aren’t a whole ton of Christians/Jews on this website, but I was hoping someone could clear this up for me.
This is something I’ve never understood. Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 both tell creation stories that are different from each other. Now, Genesis 2 seems to continue from Genesis 1. It says “thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them” which is what is described in Genesis 1.
But what I don’t get is that Genesis 2:7 says “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” but in Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
If man was already created, why did God create man again? And why does it say male and female were created at the same time, but now it’s from a rib in Genesis 2?
I don’t get it, folks… :\
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