Genesis: Myth Or HIstory?

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Genesis: Myth or History? Followers of the Judeo-Christian belief are often referred to as "the people of the Book." This then implies that the structural foundation of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is centered around the text in which they follow. Of these three religions, Judaism and Christianity both follow the first five books of the Old Testament known to the Jews as the Pentateuch. In addition to these five books, Christians follow the other thirty-four books of the Old Testament and the entire New Testament, which then completes their entire text known as the Bible. However, inconsistencies are revealed in the creation story located in the first book of Genesis. Therefore, this raises questions of authenticity, including possibilities of misinterpretation and the manner in which these religions are or should be treated.

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Gen. 1:1) According to the book of Genesis, God created all things and thought them to be good.

However, the written account of his (non-gender reference) mind-boggling creation contains inconsistencies within the first two chapters of the book of Genesis. It begins detailing the order in which everything was created beginning with a void and proceeding with the creation of the heavens and the earth. The creation then continues with light, water, vegetation, seasons, creatures, and then the simultaneous beginning of both male and female as God puts it, "in our image". This description seems legitimate; however, the creation story is repeated in the following chapter when discussing the legend of Adam and Eve. In this story, the creation order is altered, and God only creates man, in what is referred to as "God's image", not "our image", and later proceeds to create a female from Adam's rib. This raises a dispute over authenticity and...