On my trip to the US in July I collected books on both sides of the evolution controversy. One book “Evolution and the Myth of Creationism” referred to the two creation accounts in Genesis. Apparently this is a common assumption made by those critical of the bible. This idea of two accounts hinges on Gen. 2:4. It seems to me that what follows Gen 2:4 is more of an account of man’s creation rather than a repeat of the entire creation scenario. So I filed away this strategy of attack as I continued to read.
God has always had a way of reinforcing His Word in my life and this event would be no exception. I read “Bones of Contention” by Marvin Lubenow. He does an excellent job of examining the fossil evidence of man’s evolution. Using the dates that evolutionists give to the supposed different flavors of man he shows that even their dates show these different flavors of man to overlap with each other thus not able to be considered transitional in the sense of one evolving into the other. Even Lucy’s (Australopithecines) ancestors crawl into the age spans of Homo erectus.
He brings into question the entire dating process with an examination of Richard Leakey’s discovery of an apparent modern skull in a strata of earth that had previously been dated 5 different times using 4 different methods. The dating had taken place before the skull was discovered. This discovery “disturbed” the scientific community because it would make a mess of their evolutionary time frame. Needless to say the dates would have to be changed and eventually they were. The obvious game playing of the geologists involved led the author to speculate about one of those geologists. “Perhaps that is why Maglio left geology to study medicine.”
He also included a chapter that dealt with the two creation stories in Genesis. The book of Genesis is divided around a phrase “these are the generations of…”. The first one is found in Gen. 2:4. “these are the generations of the heavens and earth”. This is obviously pointing to the preceding creation account. But, here and at the other locations of this phrase we have viewed the phrase as the introduction to the text following the phrase instead of the text preceding the phrase. That is why bible critics can say there are two creation stories in Genesis.
A man named P J Wiseman wrote a book in 1936 dealing with an alternative explanation to the phrase “these are the generations of…”. He was examining the clay tablets that were used to write on. Archeology had been steadily moving the date of writing further and further back as more and more of these clay tablets were discovered. Wiseman noticed a common occurrence on these clay tablets. The tablets finished with a time framed date and the name of the person who wrote it or was having it written for him. Hence, each “these are the generations of…” was a concluding statement instead of an introductory statement. Viewing the sections through this prism allows for a much more intelligible understanding of the text. For an excellent article on this please check out: http://www.trueorigin.org/tablet.asp
This leads me back to a thank you to the very real God who is involved in all of our lives who are truly seeking Him. My eldest daughter called home yesterday. When it was my turn to talk with her on the phone, she said she had a question for me. I knew at that moment that she was going to ask me about Gen. 2:4 and sure enough she did. One of her professors at school had used the verse to talk of the two creation stories in Genesis. This entry is for you Laura Michelle just to let you know that God will always be one step ahead in preparing good things for us.