A tale of two stories – Day 1
1. Compare Genesis 1:26-30 and Genesis 2:20-24
(a) What are your thoughts and feelings when you read these two very different accounts of the creation of man and woman?
(b) “Hear the word of the Lord” applies to both texts. Should we take the creation story literally? What are the implications if we do? And, if we don’t?
(c) According to the ‘first’ creation story, God created both man and woman in God’s “own image” Gen 1:27.
(i) If women and men are created in the image of God, what does it say about women; about men; about God?
(ii) What then, do you make of Paul’s message to the people in Corinth when he says that a man “is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman but woman for man” (1 Cor11:7-9)?
(iii) What would you say to Paul if he told you, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed “first” was his (Paul’s) advice to Timothy (1 Tim 2:12-13)?
(d) What would you say is the value of considering both creation stories for women and men in your context?