Hi... I've finally decided to try and read (and understand) the Bible, who knows I may become a convert, or it may not affect me. Problems I've had in the past are that there seem to be so many inconsistencies. It may well be a case of my (mis)interpreation, which is why I'm throwing this open to you lot.
1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
OK, so I take it from this that God created ALL living creatures BEFORE he created human beings.
2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
You may see my problem here. In Genesis Chapter 2, it clearly states that God created Adam, THEN he created the "beasts of the field and the fowl of the air", THEN he created Eve. This seems to be a contradiction of Chapter One, which suggests that all the animals were created first, THEN people were created.
I'm not at all well versed in Scripture but know that some of you RHPers are... however I am reasonably intelligent, but appear to be missing something here. Is it a problem in translation from the original Hebrew/Aramaic/Greek? Is it a problem with my lack of understanding of Scripture?
Can anyone address this explicit issue for me?
Incidentally the version I'm reading is a Modern English Translation (I think... don't have it immediately to hand)... the quotes are copied and pasted from an online KJV.