Hello - I am new to this forum.
I have written a short book, Genesis and Evolution, which I will be presenting (poster session) at next month’s ASA conference. I feel it provides an argument that it is more consistent with the rest of scripture that Genesis 1 and 2 are sequential, rather than a retelling of the creation narrative with greater detail.
Genesis is the Book of Generations. The genealogy or genealogies that do not lead to the Messiah are always given first throughout the book of Genesis and even continue in this manner in the books of Chronicles. One of the purposes of Chapter 1 of Genesis is to establish the line not leading to the Messiah (men and women created in Gen 1:27) prior to the creation of Adam in Chapter 2.
This eliminates the conflicts that exist with the sequences of creation being very different in the first and second creation narratives.
This maintains an historical Adam, (Romans 5:17) "For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ”, if Adam was not an actual man, that would mean to me that Jesus would not need to be an actual man.
- We are all descended from Adam through Noah, as detailed in Gen 6:
Gen 6:2 - That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
The sons of God are the descendants of Adam, and the daughters of man are the descendants of men and women from Gen 1
Gen 6:9 - “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations”
Why would Noah need to be perfect in his generations other than to maintain the line leading to the Messiah from Adam?
I would be happy to send my short manuscript to anyone who is interested.