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The differences between these two accounts have convinced many scholars that there must be two different authors for these sections. However, “doublets” in Scripture by the same author are not unusual as will be seen in the Book of Genesis as well as in the rest of Scripture. Such a presentation should not be unexpected, especially in the poetic parallelism feature in Hebrew.
Francis Schaeffer notes, “More light is shed on the relationship between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 by a consideration of a literary structure that occurs throughout the entire book of Genesis: First, less important things are dealt with rapidly, and then the things more important to the central theme of the bible are returned to and developed more fully” (Schaeffer, 40-41). The differences can be explained in light of the focus of each account, as is done in this commentary.
FOR A MORE IN-DEPTH ANSWER, SEE
Genesis 2:4 BDC: “God” is used in Genesis chapter 1, while chapter 2 changes to Jehovah God. Does this mean that there are two different authors of Genesis?
Genesis 1-2 BDC: Is there a Different order of creation in Genesis 2 than Genesis 1?
Gangel, Kenneth; Bramer, Stephen J. Holman Old Testament Commentary – Genesis: 1 . B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
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