Three Creations and Three Falls

Often we talk about “The Creation” and “The Fall” but in fact there are three (at least!) Creation and Fall stories in the Bible, and they are all well-known stories, but we often do not notice their full significance.

Three Creations

  1. Genesis 1:1 – 2:4 is the best known creation story, the famous six days of creation and one day of rest.
  2. Genesis 2:5 – 25 is another creation story, in which the sequence of events is different.
  3. Job 38:1 – 41:26.  Here, after Job has been long protesting his innocence to God, God answers with a poetic account of creation, underlining God’s great power and wisdom, and Job’s insignificance.

Three Creations

Likewise there are three Fall stories, or more accurately, three stories addressing the question, “How did sin come into the world?”

  1. Genesis 3:1 – 24 – Adam and Eve
  2. Genesis 4:1 – 16 – Cain and Abel
  3. Genesis 11:1-9 – The Tower of Babel

Three Falls



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