Gen 2:4

Liz Fried lizfried at
Mon Aug 14 08:56:52 EDT 2000

Gen 1 is usually attributed to the priestly writer
and Gen 2:4 to the J writer or Yahwist.
A good introduction to the traditional Documentary Hypothesis
is R. Friedman's Who Wrote the Bible?
The whole scheme is quite controversial now tho,
and his book is dated.
It is still a very good read for the tyro, imo.

Liz Fried

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony Costa [mailto:tmcos at]
> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2000 7:41 AM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Gen 2:4
> Dear Friends,
>   I was wondering about Gen 2:4 in relation to Gen 1. Gen 1 gives the
> chronological sequence of the creation account as six days. Gen 2:4 makes
> reference to "in the day" (BYoM) that God created the heavens and
> the earth.
> It seems to capsulize the whole creation into one day. I also noticed a
> number of translations render the phrase "In the day" as "at the time"
> (Goodspeed, Moffatt, Jerusalem Bible) Is the contrast between 6
> days in Gen
> 1 and the mention of "in the day" (singular) a result of the dual
> authorsip
> of Gen 1 as the work of the Elohist editor and the Gen 2:4 reference the
> work of the Priestly editor or simply an acceptable literary device? Any
> comments would be appreciated. Many thanks.
>                                            Tony Costa, B.A.
>                                            University of Toronto
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