Tracing the hand and engaging the mind that wrote scripture
Considering one source for early Genesis
The Creation and Garden narratives are each concerned with origins. They are adjacent to each other in the book of Genesis without any transitional notes. The seeming discrepancies between the two has been a source of enduring tension.
This essay is not an apologetic. It is a critical reading of the early chapters of Genesis. It explores literary structures, and intertextualities to understand the design of the text. The essay finds in the peculiar details, which are often obscured by translation, links between the two accounts that suggest a single source.