Concordia Theological Monthly

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creation, animals, adam, garden eden, genesis, hebrew

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The first chapter of Genesis, as every Bible student knows, has the animals made first and then man. But the second chapter is commonly held to reverse the order and to place the creation of man before that of the animals. This view is based upon the assumption that Gen. 2:18-25 constitutes a continuous piece of narrative and that the tense of the Hebrew verb with which v.19 opens therefore implies a sequence in the order of time, necessitating the following translation of v.19: "And so the Lord God formed out of the ground all the beast of the field and all the fowl of the air and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man should call each living creature, that was to be its name."


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Genesis 1:24-27; Genesis 2:19; Genesis 2:4; Job 36:27; Genesis 2:4-25; Genesis 3:19; Genesis 24:64-65; Joshua 2:22;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars