Steven DiMattei: The Second Creation Account in Genesis

Steven DiMattei, Genesis 1 and the Creationism Debate: Being Honest to the Text, Its Author, and His Beliefs (Wipf & Stock, 2016), 42.

From the opening verse of the second creation account, or if my reader prefers right at Genesis 2:4b, we notice stark differences in the text’s tone, style, vocabulary, message, presentation, perspective, and thematic and theological emphases….These differences should not be ignored or disingenuously interpreted away by imposing an exterior theological framework created centuries after these texts were written and by a readership that knew nothing about the authors of these texts, when they were written, why, and for whom. Rather, these textual differences should be seen as a product of the text’s historical and literary context, and even embraced for what they are – the mark of a different scribal hand, a different textual tradition, a variant version of the same story.

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