I've been reading the book of Genesis again lately and there are some
things about it that really bother me. The first chapter goes through the
creation of the earth in "7 days". The second chapter then goes into the
creation of Eden and Adam and Eve. Looking at the two, it's difficult to
determine if these are two separate creative efforts, or two different
accounts of the same one. Some people I've talked to say that chapter 1 is
talking about a diverse race of man that was created at the same time the
world was created and chapter 2 is about the chosen race which was created
sometime after. Now some of these people were Christians and some call
themselves Pagan, so I'd like to find out exactly how the "original" text
of Genesis words these two chapters. What do the readers think? Does
anyone know of other sources I can search?
This is just one of the questions I have on Genesis. Cain and Abel, Noah
and the flood, and some of the others have given me puzzlement lately, too.
I have alot of trouble reconciling the vicious, unforgiving G*d that seems
to be portrayed in Genesis with the G*d I've come to know. I look forward
to receiving my first issue of the digest.