The first story of creation, the Ten Commandments, and the holy covenant between God and Abram.

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The first story of creation is written by the Priest "P", in 450 B.C. "P" functions as both author and editor - arranging the order for which we read the texts. The second story of creation was written by the Yahwist "J" in 950 B.C. "J" was a scribe of the court of Solomon in Jerusalem. "P's" version of the first story of creation impresses upon the reader God's power, fertility, that the creation was good, that there is only one God, and that God is presented as King, speaking to his court - the angels.

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth there was Theomaky. Meaning chaos and war in heaven among the gods. Basically, the creator gods bring everything, as we know it, into existence by ordering chaos.

According to Genesis Chapter One, the first day God created night and day. On the second day God created the firmament, which separated the waters above and below.

On day three, the dry earth was separated from the sea. Dry earth brought forth vegetation. It should be noted that God did not directly create vegetation. On day four God created the luminaries and there was night and day. The luminaries are not called moons and stars because they are just clocks. On day five God put fish in the sea and birds in the sky. On day six God created cattle and wild animals. God also created man and the vegetation brought forth by the earth becomes sustenance for man. Day seven is the day of celebration.

But what if we look at these days of creation in a different way? The first three days can be grouped together as "separation" and the next three days can be grouped together as "population". Days one and four...