Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested
on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he
had rested from all his work which God created and made.
The Second Creation Account
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in
the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
(2:4-25) These are the generations
The second creation account. Compare
with Genesis 1:1-2:3 in which the order of events is entirely different.
The two creations
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it
grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the
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.
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
(2:7, 18-22) God formed man of the dust of the ground.
Were humans created before or after the other animals?
In the first creation story, God makes humans (male and female) after the
other animals; in the second, God makes a man first, then the other animals, and then a woman.
But humans were not created instantaneously from dust and breath, but evolved over millions of years from simpler life
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is
pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst
of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was
parted, and became into four heads.
The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land
of Havilah, where there is gold;
And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth
the whole land of Ethiopia.
And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward
the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
(2:9) The tree of life ... and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
God created two magic trees: the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. Eat from the first, and you become a god and live forever
(3:22); eat from the second and you'll die the same day (2:17).
(Or that's what God said, anyway.)
Adam ate from the tree of knowledge and yet he didn't die. In fact he lived for another 930 years or so (5:5). But Adam
never got a chance to eat from the tree of life. God kicked him out of the garden before he could eat from that tree, become a god, and
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
(2:15) To dress it and to keep it
Some believers claim that this verse
requires them to be environmentalists.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it
for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
(2:17a) Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it.
Why not? What's wrong with knowing right from wrong?
(2:17b) In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
God says that if Adam eats from the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, then the day that he does so, he will die. But later
Adam eats the forbidden fruit (3:6) and yet lives for another 930 years (5:5).
May Adam eat from any tree?
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone;
I will make him
an help meet for him.
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field,
and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would
call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every
beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and
he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
(2:19) Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast.
From what were the animals created?
(2:19-20) God ... brought them unto Adam to see what he would
After making the animals, God has Adam name them all. The naming of several million species must have kept Adam busy for a while.
But animals were not created instantaneously from the ground, but evolved over millions of years. And we still don't have names for all of them.
Ten thousand new species of insects are discovered and named each year.
But for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
God makes the animals and parades them before Adam to see if any would strike his fancy. But none seem to have what it
takes. (Although he was tempted to go for the sheep.)
When were humans created?
When was Eve created?
Did God originally create humans male and female?
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she
shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave
unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
(2:22) The rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman.
God fashions a woman out of one of Adam's ribs.
Because of this story, it was commonly believed (and sometimes it is still said today) that males have one less
rib than females. When Vesalius showed in 1543 that the number of ribs was the same in males and females, it created a storm
Is polygamy OK?
When will Armageddon occur?
2:25 And they were both naked
, the man and his wife,
and were not ashamed