Genesis Book 2 – Creation Contradictions

Please read and analyze

Genesis 1:28 says God created man and woman and mandated their dominion over the earth. Verse 29 says that God gave man and woman “every herb yielding seed” and Verse 30 “every green¬† herb for food” and mandates them to go forth and multiply.

Yet in Genesis 2:5 we are told “And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up” because there was no man to till the earth.

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Unless Book 2 is rewinding and going over the details of Book 1, this doesn’t make much sense, and even if it is rewinding, the order of creation is different (see paragraph below). The phrase “in the earth” is probably primarily translated as “the world” but does it really say that? Could this verse be describing a particular spot in “the earth”? I’ve got “earth” in my front yard, but that does not equate with the entire world. So why is it translated so?

In Book 1 God made animals first and THEN made man. In Book 2, Jehovah God creates man and THEN animals. What’s going on here? See the difference? Is there a difference between God in Book 1 and Jehovah God in book 2?

Genesis 2:7 “Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground”. But we are told man was already formed in Genesis 1:26. Was this a different type of man? Also, Genesis 2:7 does not specify that this was the FIRST man. It’s an assumption we all make. Wasn’t there already another man created? If so then Adam is NOT the first man. Maybe the first man of a certain lineage but Book 1 tells us man was already made. To lead us a bit, we are immediately introduced to a geographical reference in Genesis 2:8 where we are introduced to Eden, which is “eastward”… but eastward from where? This “where” is HUGE to know. Because I believe that Genesis Book 2 is simply a description of creation of man and culture in a SPECIFIC area on earth. Which specific area? Look to Genesis 2:11 where the four rivers are described that define this area: Pishon that encompasses Havilah, Gihon which encompasses Cush, Hiddekel which is in front of Assyria, and lastly the Euphrates (which for some reason didn’t need any further clarification).

Remember the “go forth and multiply” mandate of Book 1? In Genesis 2:15 Jehovah God puts man in the Garden of Eden and assigns him to dress and keep the garden. What happened to the mandate of go forth and multiply? This particular man was created to tend to the Garden. Not only that, woman wasn’t even created for him to procreate with at this point in verse. Yet we are in Book 2 after the mandate to go forth and multiply?

We are told that it is a simple continuation of Book 1, but it clearly is not. We can try to force the issue and just pretend these distinctions don’t exist, but this is not what the Word is telling us.

My theory: Adam is not the first man of the planet earth. He is the first man of the earth in the land defined by Jehovah God.  This theory gets supported further in upcoming books where Jehovah clearly defines his domain with CLEAR borders and delineation: the Tigris, Euphrates, the sea, and the wilderness.

To finish Genesis Book 2, Jehovah God forms animals from the ground and populates the fields and the heavens (skies). Jehovah God then performs what we would call an intensive surgery by putting Adam under (aka a “deep sleep”), cutting him open, removing a rib, and then closing his flesh back up. From Adam’s rib was created woman and the cultural norm of what we call marriage was instantly defined.

This is a cultural norm, in some cultures the woman leaves her family to join the man’s, and in this case and culture, men leave their family to join the woman.

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Artist Rendition of the Garden of Eden. Remember this garden is “eastward” of an important Biblical site briefly mentioned in Genesis

So at this point, Adam, Eve and animals created by Jehovah God roam the Garden of Eden. What is happening in the rest of the world? Most Christians assume nothing because the Bible does not mention it and they assume this is the beginning of all life on earth (despite the words of Book 1).

 

Introduction

It all started after a tense but friendly discussion in which my counterpart was quoting and interpreting scripture in a way that seemed, in my opinion very non Christian. I was witnessing a Christian pick and choose Old Testament scripture to justify the annihilation of an entire group of modern peoples. It had been a long time since I had truly studied the bible, so I was unable to point out scripture that countered his arguments.

Ironically, that same week, I began to use an abandoned office at work. It was abandoned in the sense that the individual who used to use the office was laid off 5 years earlier and the office remained unused, so entering it was basically going back in time when this person received their pink slip, gathered their personal belongings and left the job site for good. Strewn all over the walls were memes, scriptures and quotes. Seek Jesus, the Lord is My Shepherd, 9/11 Never Forget, President Bush – My President, I am the way the truth the life, etc. As I began to organize and make space for my work equipment, I removed a small poster off of a cabinet only to find a hidden poster under it.

It was a printout of what a 5-day weather outlook would look like, and at the top, it said Afghanistan. Monday through Thursday showed generic weather predictions. Friday, however, was nothing but a mushroom cloud. Was putting up a poster indicating the nuclear assault of Afghanistan a Christian thing to do?

I said, “That’s IT!” The bible I read as a child, a teen, and a young adult, and the teachings I received through the church did not mesh, AT ALL, with what I was seeing from many war mongering, hate feeling, and egotistical people who called themselves Christians. Christians acting extremely non Christian is what chased me away from the church and group study to begin with. Suddenly it was coming full circle I was beginning to encounter them more and more in my daily life.

Disclaimer: I am not saying all Christians are like this, I have met many to the contrary, but for some reason I seem to be engaging the war mongering Christians more often and, because it’s been so long since I last studied scripture, I found myself unable to specifically counter their arguments with the only thing that they will listen to besides their pastor or a local questionable Christian radio station: Other Scripture.

So here I go, it’s back to the Bible. Testament by Testament, Book by book, Chapter by Chapter, Verse by Verse. This is going to be a long journey, I am going to be analyzing the King James Version verse by verse, adding my analysis, interpretation, and most of all, my questions. I am not claiming to be right in my translation, but I do pray to God in Jesus name to help me be wise in my reading and to seek out knowledge in the hopes I may share it, right or wrong, with other Christians and create a discourse that leads to better understanding for us all.

Let us begin…

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