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Genesis 1. Any theological moms out there? I'm confused.

Gen 1:8 - How is there evening and morning before God made the sun? --

Gen 1:27b says God created them both male and female? This is before the creation of Eve. --

Gen 1:28 God says for man to be fruitful and increase in number, but again this is before he put Adam to sleep and made Eve from his rib. So, I'm confused. Can anyone shed some light on this?

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Asked by jollymommy at 11:37 AM on Sep. 15, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • God made light and separated the light from the dark and made night and day in Gen 1:3-4

    I've always read Genesis 1 as essentially an outline to what happened, and then in Genesis 2 where there is detail about how Adam and Eve were created etc, is a more in depth look at what was outlined in the first chapter.

    Does that make sense?

    Answer by MamaSarah1104 at 11:42 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • The story of Adam and Eve is called the 2nd Story of Creation. You are quoting from the 1st story of creation

    Answer by Maureen-MD at 11:44 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Gen1: 3-5 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

    Since these verses come before Gen 1:8 - this is should explain your 1st question

    Answer by Maureen-MD at 11:46 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • I don't believe Genesis is literal, but instead serves a way to explain the human condition, how we got here,and introduce us into the relationship with the Divine....

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:49 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • MamaSarah1104 is right. The first chapter is the outline and the 2nd chapter provides details.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 12:07 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Like others mentioned, God created Light and separated it from the darkness BEFORE he made the sun, moon, and stars. I find that fascinating! There is light that doesn't come from the stars! It might not be a lot of light, but it is there.

    Also, Genesis 1 is a 'quick' breakdown of all 7 days. In chapter 2 much more detail is given to day #6. Another fascinating thing - Adam was brilliant! His mind was unaffected by sin. He named ALL the animals before the day was over - because after naming the animals he realized there was no one for him!

    Answer by micheledo at 12:34 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • micheledo oh wow that is so right! He was brilliant... :-) I love that observation! :-)

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 12:38 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • The first chapter is the outline and the 2nd chapter provides details

    I agree

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 12:42 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Like the other ladies said, God had already made night and day. And before he made Eve he already made the animals male and female.

    Answer by asmcbride at 12:42 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • micheledo... ever think the dark could have been chaos and the light goodness, not a literal light and dark? Could mean that chaos existed before god - just like in other creation myths such as the Eyptian and Greek ones?

    Answer by IhartU at 1:42 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

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