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Episode 1: In the beginning

(Genesis 1-3)

The first creation account

1 1In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. This is the order in which he created things.

3-5 Day 1: light, day and night.

6-8 Day 2: the firmament (heaven), to separate the above waters from the below waters.

9-13 Day 3: dry land and seas, plants.

14-19 Day 4: sun, moon, and stars.

20-23 Day 5: birds and sea creatures.

21-31 Day 6: cattle, beasts, creeping things, and humans.

27 The humans (male and female) were created to look like God.

28 God gave humans dominion over every other living thing.

29 And gave humans and animals plants to eat.

2 2On the seventh day, God rested.

3 He blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because he rested on that day.

The second creation account

5 In the beginning, plants didn't exist, because God hadn't yet made it rain, and there wasn't a man to till the ground.

7 God formed a man from dust and breathed life into his nostrils. 8 He planted a garden in Eden and put the man in it. 9 God made all the trees that are nice to look at and good to eat. Among these were: the tree of life in the center of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

15 God put the man in the garden to dress and to keep it. 16 He said to the man, "You may eat from every tree in the garden, 17 except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The day you eat from that tree, you will die."

18 God said to himself, "It's not good for the man to be alone. I'll make a helper for him."

19 From the ground, God made all the animals and brought them to Adam to see what he'd name them. 20 Adam named them, but none of them appealed to him as a helper.

21-22 So God made a woman from one of Adam's ribs. 23 Adam named her "woman" since she was made from a man. 25 Adam and the woman were both naked, but they weren't ashamed.

Two trees, a talking serpent, and a fearful god

3 1Of all the beasts that God made, the serpent was the most clever. He said to the woman, "Did God say you shouldn't eat from every tree in the garden?"

2 The woman answered, "We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 except for the tree in the middle of the garden. God said, 'Don't eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"

4 The serpent said, "You won't die. 5 God knows that when you eat from that tree you will be like gods, knowing good and evil."

6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, was nice looking, and would make her wise, she picked and ate its fruit. She gave some to her husband, and he ate it too.

7 After eating the fruit, they knew they were naked, so they sewed some fig leaves together for aprons. 8 Later, in the cool of the day, they heard the voice of God, who was walking in the garden. So they hid in the trees. 9 God said, "Where are you?"

10 Adam answered, "I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked. So I hid myself."

11 God said, "Who told you that you are naked? Have you eaten from the tree I told you not to eat from?"

12 The man said, "The woman you gave me, gave me the fruit and I ate it."

13 God said to the woman, "What have you done?

The woman said, "The serpent fooled me, and I ate.

14 God said to the serpent, "You are cursed more than all animals. From now on you'll have to crawl on your belly and eat dust. 15 You and the woman will be enemies, as will your seed and hers. Her seed will bruise your head, and you will bruise her seed's heel."

16 Then he said to the woman, "I will multiply your sorrow and make you suffer in childbirth. You will desire your husband, and he will rule over you."

17-18 And he said to Adam, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree, I will curse the ground, make thorns and thistles grow, and force you to eat it all your life."

20 Adam named his wife "Eve" because she was the mother of all the living.

21 God made skin coats for Adam and Eve.

22 God said, "The man has become like us, knowing good and evil. We must not let him eat from the tree of life or he will live forever."

23-24 So God expelled Adam from the garden of Eden, and installed cherubim with flaming swords to guard access to the tree of life.

The garden of Eden

A few more words about this episode

  1. The superscripts in the text refer to the corresponding verse in the biblical text. Clicking on them will take you to that verse at the Skeptic's Annotated Bible website.
  2. The Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB) website includes 568 contradictions in the Bible. These contradictions are not included in the podcast, since our focus on each episode is the biblical text itself and we are trying to keep the podcasts short. The contradictions that involve each episode can be found at the corresponding chapters at the SAB website.
  3. As you may have noticed, there are many obvious contradctions between the two creation accounts. Here is a list of some of them.