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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Genesis 1:1–2:25

THEME

Creation of humanity

SETTING

Primeval period Inside Eden, during the time covered by the first 11 chapters of Genesis.

KEY FIGURES

Adam The first man, made in God’s image, who is the ruler of all animals and steward of the Earth.

Eve The first woman, and companion to Adam. Created by God, either at the same time as Adam or by using one of Adam’s ribs.

In chapter 2 of Genesis, God creates the Garden of Eden, an earthly paradise. We cannot know Eden’s exact location, but scholars have proposed several possibilities, including Mesopotamia (now Iraq), Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Armenia. Genesis 2:8 mentions ...

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