Bible Q & A
Genesis 2:19 indicates that God created the
beasts of the field after He created Adam.
Doesn’t this contradict the account given
in Genesis 1?
There is no contradiction. Chapter 2 of Genesis
does not give the time order of creation. The
correct chronological order of creation is
stated in chapter 1. It gives a day-by-day
description of the first six days of creation
Genesis 2, which is sometimes called the
“second account of creation,” is a
reiteration—not in time order—of what God
created. A close examination will show that
there are frequent insets in the Bible, not
only in this creation story, but in many
other parts of the Bible, as well as in
histories written by men.
Chapter two emphasizes the reason and purpose
behind the creation of man. It points out
Adam’s responsibility in caring for God’s
creation (Adam was to dress and keep the garden,
verse 15), as well as his responsibility in
naming each kind of animal.
As an interesting sidelight, God used the naming
of previously created animals as an opportunity
to show Adam that he, unlike the animals, lacked
a female counterpart. This is the reason verses
21 through 25 concern themselves with telling
just why and how the woman was created.
The animals were indeed created prior to man as
stated in chapter 1. Chapter two is a
reiteration of what God created, not in time
order, and emphasizes Adam’s responsibility in
caring for his environment. When properly
understood, the events described in Genesis 1
and 2 mutually amplify each other.