Genesis 1 and 2 – man before animals or after?

The claim that every letter and word in the bible has been ordained by God would seem to mean an inaccuracy would not reflect well on divine authorship. Though if being charitable, we could say God was an editor at large.


Genesis 1:25-27
New International Version (NIV)
25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

Genesis 2:18-19
New International Version (NIV)
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

The reading does not really indicate whether man was made before all other living creatures, after all living creatures, or some and not others. It is a slight stretch to say conclusively in the very first two chapters a major lack of proof reading has crept in.

So therefore argues a creation site:

Genesis 2:19 is describing only the animals created in the Garden, after man. The purpose of this second batch of animals being created was so that Adam could name them (Genesis 2:19) and select a wife (Genesis 2:20). Since Adam could not find a suitable mate (God knew he wouldn’t), He made Eve (Genesis 2:21-22).

There are no contradictions between these two chapters. Chapter 2 only describes in more detail the events in the Garden of Eden on day six. If ancient man had written the Bible (as some scoffers say), he would never had made it say the light was made before the sun! Many ancient cultures worshiped the sun as the source of life. God is light. God made the light before He made the sun so we could see that He (not the sun) is the source of life.

Source Creation Today

The sun though does not just provide an alternative light source:

Our sun gives us light, heat and energy. It may seem that energy comes from other sources such as gasoline and electricity but the ultimate source of energy for the Earth is nothing else but the sun. Without the sun life on Earth would not exist. It would be so cold that no living thing would be able to survive and our planet would be completely frozen.

The sun also plays the role of a big anchor, which creates gravity that keeps our planet and the other planets of the solar system in a small space. If it weren’t for the sun, our planet would simply fly off loose into the universe.

Source NASA: Sun for Kids

Perhaps gravity, and the order in which chemicals were formed, was left out because God neglected to mention how stars and planets form, and how their motion works.

Or just maybe it was written by a people who did not live in a time to know about such things. That is not scoffing. It is just being honest.

Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog

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2 responses to “Genesis 1 and 2 – man before animals or after?

  1. man this is what ANNOYS me so much about people who read the bible or try to justify it as contradictory and wrong.
    And I thought my english was bad. The bible HAS been translated to different languages SUITED for people with certain english level, yet someone like still find the bible over exceeding you simply because you either lack english langauge or you can’t read the english of all bible translation.

    Let me walk you through Genesis:
    Genesis 1:25 “God MADE the wild animals according to their kinds”
    Made is past tense, and then after time later was when God made man.

    Genesis 2:19 “Now the Lord God HAD formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky.”
    Again past tense!
    Genesis 1 shows an account of how God made things in order.
    Genesis 2 is a paraphrase, in a different perspective.
    If 2 witnesses saw a crime took place and want to testify, their stories will be the same but told at different perspective.

    You can try and act you are smarter than the bible, I will provide you the verses for the sun, stars and astronomy you are talking about.

    • I’m aware of that and was having a go at the atheist created internet meme trying to say contradiction between those two verses I saw in my timeline.

      Maybe the you is not directed at me, given what I have written.

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