Do Genesis 1 & 2 contradict each other?

Some have claimed that Genesis 1&2 contradict each other and prove that the Bile contains errors. Is this claim justified?


redeemed- When you say "poetic", do you mean that we're not to take it "literally"?

Update 2:

In chapter one the account of creation seems to be in chronological order?

14 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Best Answer

    No. If the word of God has errors, then it is no longer valid. If God has given us an erroneous and flawed text, He fails to be omnipotent, and consequently, God. Genesis 1 & 2 speak of the creation of the world, the earth, and everything in it. It is a beautiful story and is poetic in that it flows beautifully from one verse and chapter to the next.

  • 4 years ago

    Genesis 1 is the account of the creation of the universe and life on planet earth as it happened in chronological sequence. Genesis 2 is simply an expanded explanation of the events that occurred at the end of the sixth creation day - when God created human beings. Genesis one provides virtually no details about the creation of human beings (other than the idea that humans were created in the image of God). For a book that is dedicated to the relationship between humans and God, four verses seems like a rather poor explanation for the creation of God's preeminent creature. This is because Genesis one was never intended to stand apart from Genesis 2 and 3. Genesis 2 describes God's preparation of a specific location on earth (Eden) for habitation by the first human beings. Part of the confusion results from our English translations, which use the term "earth" when the Hebrew would better be translated "land."

  • 9 years ago

    The claim that Ge 1 & 2 contradict each other is not true.

    Ancient Middle Eastern literature often contains several creation accounts. The Bible is no different. Ge 1 gives a cosmo-centric account. Ge 2 gives a anthropologic-centric account.

    If you want the definitive Bible verse that shows that Bible has an error, look at 1 Chr 29:7. There were no such coins as "darics" in King Solomon's time. As a matter of fact, coins were invented 200 years after the reign of King Solomon.

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  • 9 years ago

    Yup. These chapters, as well as others, show that multiple authors were combined into an attempt at a coherent writing (yes, the "book", "chapter" and "verse" designations came ling after the writings).

    Further, it is readily apparent from an honest and objective view that the Bible is not supported by evidence and also completely contradicted evidence. For example, it is clear that humans did not follow the Biblical form of dispersing (Tower of Babel) just as it is quite clear that a world wide flood never happened. Remarkably, these two events are more probable that anything to do with the Exodus and the conquering of the holy land.

    Simply, if you objectively review the entire Bible, it is not consistent with itself nor is it supported in any compelling way and is often shown to be at odds with the existing evidence in ways that can not be reconciled.

  • 9 years ago

    Genesis 1 was an overview of creation. Genesis 2 was a more detailed view based mainly upon the creation of humans.

  • 9 years ago

    No, higher critics will always claim there are contradictions.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes and you are naive to think that you are the first one to notice this. The errors are superficial compared to the richness of the inspiration that comes through each story.

  • 9 years ago

    No. God just scrapped the first creation and decided in the second chapter to start again.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    They change the order of a few things. So yes.

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