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I can only offer in form of an interpretation: Genesis 1:1—2:3 is a picture of God's purpose [which is to express Himself through man and to exercise His dominion with man (Gen 1:26)], and 2:4-25 is a portrait of the way to fulfill God's purpose. This is why we have the second record of creation in Genesis 2. Genesis 1 reveals God's purpose in creating ...


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Yes, there are 2 creation accounts. According to commentator and foremost authority on Genesis Gordon J. Wenham in Story as Torah, this is because Genesis 1 is a response to the Enûma Eliš while Genesis 2 is a response to the Egyptian creation accounts. Wenham believes that the first account was added after the second account. Furthermore, it became common ...


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The reason for judgement is that mankind has free will (though Calvinists might disagree.) As it says in Ephesians, salvation is a "gift" and a gift can be either accepted or rejected. It cannot be forced upon us otherwise it is neither a gift nor do we have free will any longer. As such, it must be adjudged as to whether we accepted or rejected this gift ...



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