The Two Creation Accounts
The two creation accounts differ in various ways. For instance, the first account believed to be written by the Priestly (P) source, based on creation myths of the Babylonians (Vorst 221). The account suggested to have risen from an ocean familiar culture. The second account, which is older in Judaism, happens to be written by the Yahwist (J) source. The accounts origin suggestively indicates an arid environment. This is due to Judah which is landlocked and mountainous. Moreover, the first account’s structure is more solid in that there is a definition of the number of days God took to create the universe. Waters pre-existed while the wind blew across the face of the waters and the land was already there under the waters. Thus, God drew the waters together for the appearance of the land to be allowed. Lastly, woman and man got created.
In contrast, primitivism is prevalent in the second account in a number of ways. The firmament creation is not mentioned in this second account. Plants grew without divine creation after God sent rain and the land pre-existed. Dust needed to create Adam, just as a rib needed to create eve, Adam being the first God’s creation and even the last. The significance of the two creation accounts is that: the creation sequence described by God in the first account then the important detail clarifications in the second account especially what transpired on the sixth day. Thus, no contradiction in the two accounts but merely stylistic devices describing the creation unfolding from generals to specifics. The creation accounts play a crucial role in many cultures in that they associate their origination with a supreme being. Thus, the creation myths of different cultures revolve around the two accounts in their discourse on the existence of man.