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Contradiction: When Were Humans Created?

Contradictions in Genesis on When Humans Were Created

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Genesis has contradictory accounts of when humans were created. The Bible's first creation story has humans being created after all the other animals had been created. The Bible's second creation story has humans being created first. Well, to be specific it has the first man being create first, then all the other animals, then finally the first woman is created. So when exactly were humans created relative to other animals?

 

First Human Creation Story

Genesis 1:25-27: And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image.... So God created man in his own image.

 

Second Human Creation Story

Genesis 2:18-19: And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

 

So which story about the creation of humans is supposed to be the "correct" one? The order of events in the two Bible stories contradict each other and they cannot both be true — though they can both be false. One, the other, or both of the contradictory creation stories must be treated as incorrect.

Is this a legitimate Bible contradiction or can the two Genesis accounts of when humans were created be harmonized? If you think you can resolve this Bible contradiction, explain how — but your solution cannot add anything new that's not already in the stories and cannot leave out any details that the Bible provides.

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