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Institution Tutor Genesis 1:26-27 and 2:7 Course/Number Date Department Introduction As a library of books, the Holy Bible is written by different authors, from a different point in time and perspective. In some instances, a single book may have a single author who may write from seemingly varying standpoint…

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Critically analyse Genesis 1:26-27 and 2:7 Are complimentary or contradictory.

One such instance is the two accounts in Genesis 1:26-27 and Genesis 2:27. Interestingly, the casual glance of the texts has made some readers to see not only an aspect of textual incongruence, but also that of multiple authorship, so that there is the formation of the EPJ (Elehositic, Priestly and Jehovistic) writings. Nevertheless, the intended meaning of the texts proves otherwise. Summary of the Supposed Incongruence between Genesis 1:26-27 and Genesis 2:27 The problem at hand emanates from the fact that Genesis 1:26-27 (also known as the first account) mentions the resolution of Divine Council (to make man in God’s image and to give man dominion) and a summary of the creation of man and woman; while the second account, Genesis 2:27 only gives a more elaborate rendering of the actual act of man’s creation: God forms man from the dust of the ground, breathes into his nostrils and man becomes a living soul (Crutchfield, 2005, 127). However, a clear study of the Bible reveals that sometimes, an author may diverge to compound a theme he is tackling in his account. The Bible is heavily littered with Jewish literary styles which are very different from those of the western world. ...
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