First Story of Creation Genesis 1–2: 4

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First Story of Creation Genesis 1–2:4

Directions: Read the scripture passage listed above and related biblical footnotes to help you to fill in the blanks for each item.
1. The book of Genesis concerns itself with the origin of the human race and in particular the

Jewish people, and so it begins logically with the creation of the ________________________.

2. The account of creation of the world is divided into days. The number of those days is ______.
3. The first three days are days of separation. God creates by separating created material to

produce something else.

A. On the first day, God separates darkness and ___________.

B. On the second day, God separates the sky from the _____________.

C. The ancient peoples thought that water gave the sky its blue color and therefore the sky must contain water, since at times water did fall from the sky. God, they reasoned, created something to keep the water aloft. This something was a ____________.

D. On the third day, God separates the earth into water and _______.

4. The next three days are days of populating. God fills the world with many creations.

A. On the fourth day, God fills the sky with ___________________.

B. On the fifth day, God populates the land with _______________.

C. On the sixth day, God creates __________________________.

5. Then, on the seventh day, God ______________________.
6. Therefore, this account of creation follows a pattern:

A. three days of _________ in which a stage is built,

B. three days of _________ in which "actors" are put on the stage, and

C. one day of __________ in which the goodness of all is celebrated and enjoyed.

7. There is also a pattern for the days themselves.

A. Each day begins with the words: ________________________.

B. Next, to create something, God gives a ____________________.

C. Then this command or order is actually ___________________.

D. God looks at it and sees that it is ________________________.

E. The author closes by telling what day it is with these words: ________________________­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________________________.

8. Patterns allowed ordinary people of the ancient times to more easily memorize stories since

most information between generations would have been by word of _____________________.

9. The author's scientific knowledge is obviously not as important for us today as is his

understanding of the relationship between creation and its ________________________.

10. Scientific accuracy is not the author's intention. For instance, the sun, moon, and stars were

not created until the fifth day, while light was created on which day? ___________________

11. And further, how could one determine the length of the first three days without the ________?
12. It is evident, therefore, that we do not read the Bible for scientific truth, but for the truths of


13. God creates humans in his own image in two ways:

A. Since in Genesis 1:27, God creates them both male and female, God apparently has both male and female ____________________.

B. For the ancient Hebrews, humans most closely resemble God by their ability to control or have authority over the _________. (Gn 1:28)
14. God wants the creation to continue and wishes humans to be part of that process and so

orders in Genesis 1:28: _____________________________________________________

15. The most important day for Jews is the Sabbath. The origin for this weekly feast is given in

Genesis 2:2-3 where God, on the seventh day, does nothing but ___________________.

16. What truths do we learn from this Genesis account of creation?

A. We learn that the world and the whole universe were created by _____________.

B. We learn that creation is not evil, as is believed by some ancient cultures, but ______________________.

C. We learn that creation was not done in a haphazard way, but with great ___________________________.

D. We learn that the sun, moon, and stars do not control human destiny; that their purpose as designed by God is to provide ___________________.
17. God is portrayed in a definite manner in this account of creation. God seems to be far away

from creation and very powerful. To create something, all God has to do is

____________________________________________________ (e.g., Gn 1:3).
18. In this account of creation, God is simply called _______________.
Second Story of Creation Genesis 2:4-10

Directions: Read the scripture passage listed above and related biblical footnotes to help you to fill in the blanks for each item.
1. Chapter 2 of Genesis gives another account of the story of creation. Despite its obvious

contradictions to the first story of creation, the Biblical authors must have put this story next to

the story in chapter 1 for a special __________________________.
2. This second account of creation contradicts the first account in several ways. For instance, in

the second account, in relation to the other living things, human beings are not created last, but

3. In the second account, all creation seems to be happening in a very short time, unlike the first

account when creation lasted for _______________.

4. In the second account of creation, God does not seem far away from the work of creation, but

rather _________________________________.

5. God does not give commands in the second account to create things. We find these


A. For his creatures, God created a garden called Eden by actually _____________________________.
B. Like a sculptor, God himself molded the man out of the ___________________________ and to create a woman, God fashioned her from the man’s _______________________.
C. To bring the man to life, God blew into his nostrils the __________________________________.
6. In the second account, God seemed to have difficulty in creating the right mate for the man.

None of the animals was suitable. It almost seemed as if God did not know what to do. This is

not typical divine behavior, but is more characteristic of _____________________________.
7. God finally created a mate for the man by casting a deep sleep over him and removing one of

his _________________.

8. In this second account of creation, God is referred to by the title of ______________________.
9. Now, if there are two different versions of the story of creation in the Bible, which is the true

one? But perhaps this is the wrong question to ask. Remember, the stories are not intended to

teach literal, scientific truth, but to present a deeper ________________________________.
10. Perhaps the stories were left in the Bible side by side because each story contains some, but

not all of the truth we are to learn to learn about _______________________.

11. We must study both accounts to grasp the full meaning of God's creation of the world.

A. From the first account, we learn that our God is all-powerful and can create with just a __________________.
B. From the second account, we learn that our God is a caring God, who is not far away, but intimately involved with ___________________________.
C. Creation was not done in a chaotic or haphazard way but with great ______________________.
D. In Genesis 1, man and woman are created together. In Genesis 2, woman is created from the same material as man. Both show that in terms of respect and dignity, men and women are _________________________.
12. Two very different accounts of creation suggest that the biblical story of the beginning of the

world was not written by one author or group of authors, but by at least ________________.

13. In fact, the first account of creation was written by a group called the Priestly writers. The

second account was written by a group known as the Yahwist writers. These two groups

wrote two different stories of because each group wanted to emphasize its own


14. The generally accepted date for the priestly writer’s account is c. 500 B.C.E. (which means

Before the Common Era and is the term preferred in religious studies). The Yahwist writer's

generally accepted date is c. 950 B.C.E. Notice that although the Yahwist writers composed

their story first, that version comes __________________________.

15. By examining the two accounts, we can see the different characteristics of the two writing


A. The Priestly source calls God by the term _______________.
B. The Yahwist source calls God by the term ____________________.
C. The Priestly source portrays God as being distant or _____________________.
D. The Yahwist source describes God as being involved and __________________________.
E. The Priestly source likes to include family trees called genealogies in their writings. For instance, an ancestor list can be seen in Genesis 10. The Yahwist source likes to speak of God in anthropomorphic terms. This means that they give God human qualities even though God is not human. List two actions in the second account of creation which make God appear to act as a human:

16. In addition to the Priestly and Yahwist sources, there are two other sources which contributed

to the writing of the first five books of the Bible. (The first five books are known as the Torah,

a Hebrew word which means "law" and refers to the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,

Numbers, and Deuteronomy.) These two other sources are the Elohist and the

Deuteronomist. The Deuteronomist obviously wrote the book of

17. Each writing source has a code letter for easy reference. These code letters are:

J for the source called ___________________________

(Notice that the code letter is not Y because the theory of the four writing sources was originated by German scholars and this code letter has been retained from the original language.)
P for the source called ___________________________
E for the source called ___________________________
D for the source called ___________________________
18. Each source has its own characteristics by which we can identify it. We have already

mentioned some of the characteristics of the first two sources. As for the other two sources,

the Elohists like to use dreams and visions in their writings to show a way God communicates

to people. The Deuteronomists use a literary style which includes long speeches. The theory

that four sources are responsible for the writing only applies to the first five books of the Bible

known as the ______________________.

First Story of Creation Genesis 1–2:4 –ANSWERS

1. world

2. six

3. A. light

B. water below

C. dome

D. land

4. A. the sun, moon, stars

B. living creatures

C. human beings

5. rested

6. A. separation

B. populating

C. rest

7. A. "Then God said"

B. command

C. accomplished

D. good
E. "Evening came and morning followed . . .”

8. mouth

9. Creator

10. the first day

11. sun

12. faith, religion, God

13. A. qualities, characteristics

B. world

14. "Be fertile and multiply.”

15. rest

16. A. God

B. good

C. care

D. light

17. give a command

18. God

Second Story of Creation Genesis 2:4-10 ANSWERS

1. reason

2. first

3. six days

4. close by

5. A. planting it

B. clay/rib

C. breath of life

6. humans

7. ribs

8. Lord God

9. meaning, religious truth

10. God, creation

11. A. command

B. his creation

C. care

D. equal

12. two authors or groups of authors

13. point of view, perspective

14. second in Genesis

15. A. God

B. Lord God

C. far away

D. close by

E. God molding the man out of clay, not knowing the right mate for the man, planting the garden

16. Deuteronomy

17. Yahwists




18. Torah

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