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The Creation And Fall Of Man

The Old Testament commences with one of its most interesting myths, that
of the Creation and Fall of Man. The story is to be found in the first
three chapters of Genesis, the substance of which is as follows:

After God created the "Heavens" and the "Earth," he said: "Let there be
light, and there was light," and after calling the light Day, and the
darkness Night, the first day's work was ended.

God then made the "Firmament," which completed the second day's work.

Then God caused the dry land to appear, which he called "Earth," and the
waters he called "Seas." After this the earth was made to bring forth
grass, trees, &c., which completed the third day's work.

The next things God created were the "Sun,"[1:1] "Moon" and "Stars,"
and after he had set them in the Firmament, the fourth day's work
was ended.[2:1]

After these, God created great "whales," and other creatures which
inhabit the water, also "winged fowls." This brought the fifth day to
a close.

The work of creation was finally completed on the sixth day,[2:2] when
God made "beasts" of every kind, "cattle," "creeping things," and lastly
"man," whom he created "male and female," in his own image.[2:3]

"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the
host of them. And on the seventh[2:4] day God ended his work
which he had made: and he rested on the seventh day, from
all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh
day, and sanctified it, because that in it he had rested
from all his work which God created and made."

After this information, which concludes at the third verse of Genesis
ii., strange though it may appear, another account of the Creation
commences, which is altogether different from the one we have just
related. This account commences thus:

"These are the generations