Genesis: Myth Or H Istory? Essay

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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 the manner which the scripture is treated. There are also many other ideals that too must be questioned besides the mere inconsistencies of text. Certain ideals that God addresses in these first two chapters of Genesis must be questioned because individual interpretations may differ from another person's depending on perspective. In the first version of the creation story, God tells the man and woman that all things are for them to obtain, yet immediately after that contradicts his promise by telling them that they may not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. So did this loving God already lie and go back on his word to the first humans created? Also, the idea that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, is directly challenged in the text. God asks human-like questions to Adam and Eve such as, "Who told you that you were naked?" (Gen. 3:11), and "Have you eaten from the forbidden tree?" (Gen. 3:11) This implies that God does not possess such omni-traits. It is, however, possible that this is written in this obvious question form so that the reader...

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