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Genesis creation narrative
The Creation of  Light by Gustave Doré
The Creation of Light by Gustave Doré
Genre: Creation myth
Written: 1000-560 BC[1]
Part of: Book of Genesis in the Bible.

The Genesis creation myth, found in the first two chapters of the Book of Genesis in the Bible, describes a supernatural beginning of the earth and life, ending with the creation of humans in the image of God. The creation myth is part of the Bible of Judaism and Christianity.[2]

Chapter 1 tells of God's creation of the world, ending with the consecration of the seventh day as the Sabbath. Man and woman are created to be God's rulers over the new creation. Chapter 2 tells of God's planting a garden in which he places the first man, and from whose rib he creates the first woman. The chapter ends by saying marriage is holy.


  1. Radday, Yehuda Thomas; Shore, Haim (1985). Genesis: an authorship study in computer-assisted statistical linguistics. Pontificium Institutum Biblicum. p. 2. ISBN 8-876-53103-3 ., Introduction, p. 2
  2. Leeming 2004 - "Although it is canonical for both Christians and Jews, and in part for followers of Islam, different emphases are placed on the story by the three religions."