Genesis 1:27, On What Day Was Adam Created?

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

//On what day did God create Adam? Anybody know? Anybody?

And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Problem is, there is no mention whatsoever in this creation story of Adam and Eve. Just the creation of mankind in God’s image, which occurs on the sixth day. The story of the six days of creation ends in Genesis 2:3, and a second creation story begins in verse 2:4. In the second story, God forms Adam “in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.” He prepares Adam before any of the plant life, in order to tend the earth he is about to create: “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”

So, may we assume that Adam was formed on the third day, when God plants grass, and herbs, and fruit trees? But where is Eve?

Back to the second story. Eve comes after the fruit trees, after the animals. Eve makes her appearance from the rib of Adam, but only after Adam rejects all the rest of God’s creation as his “helpmeet.” Eve eats the forbidden fruit, gives it to Adam, their eyes are opened to see their nakedness, and God casts them out of the Garden of Eden. To Eve, God promises, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.”

Which brings us back to the first story, and the creation of mankind. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. We’re still trying to make sense of two legends, still trying to splice them together in a chronological pattern. So who is God speaking to when he says “Let us make man?” It can only be Adam, just after Adam has rejected all the animals as his mate.

“OK, Adam, you win, we’ll make mankind in our own image.”

So, God forms Eve, Eve seduces Adam, they get kicked out of the Garden and have all the world to play in with their new-found nakedness and knowledge. Along come children. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply.

Whaddaya think?

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  1. Ummm, no “US” is speaking of the Trinity and God made man in His image “Imago Dei”. We bear the divine image of God as his created beings (see Genesis 1:26)

    • Hi, I believe Adam was formed on the Third day before the plants and any trees were grew. Gen 2:4 on wards. Eve was created on day 6 after the animals and tress were all there and Adam named all animals. Eve was created from Adam’s bone and flesh only. So the Bible summarized that man and woman were created on the 6th day because of Eve. Eve was part of Adam…the two shall become one. In other words Eve was the complete of Adam. In fact Adam comes first than Eve. Paul in his writings to the Ephesian mentioned that… a woman comes from man but they both comes from God. Amen.

    • Yes, it tells us…right there in black and white… Genesis 1:26-31 GNT

      Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.” So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them, and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals. I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat; but for all the wild animals and for all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for food”—and it was done. God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased. Evening passed and morning came—that was the sixth day.

      Richard is right…”Us” refers to the Trinity because the Trinity is,was,and always will be. Adam never mated with an animal. Are you kidding me? Wow.

  2. :) Of course I’m aware of the Christian slant on that verse.

    I’m also aware that, at the time it was written, there was no concept whatsoever of a Trinity. Not in the wildest imaginations of its author.

    So who did the author really imagine to be the other part(s) of the “us”? To be honest, most likely it was written in the age when Israel was still polytheistic.

    • To me this doesnt seem to diffucult. my mother and i a discussion about this the other day… the first chapter of the Bible basicallly runs down what he did during the 7 days but you have to pay attention to whats written. i think we get brainwashed because we hear the same story since we were kids. In the first chapter he created the animals, men and women on the sixth day.

      (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.

      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.

      27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

      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.

      29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

      30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
      31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.)

      The second chapter goes into more detail as to when he created the first man.

      (And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

      6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

      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.

      8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.)

      So adam was created before the grass. He was created before the animals (because he named them) he couldnt find a “helpmate” from them so god created a woman. Now it doesnt say how many children they had but we know about 3 Cain Able and Seth. Cain kills Able and God makes him a wonderer on the earth. Cain is scared for his life from the other people out there that would kill him. so God puts a mark on his head. he goes to the land of Nod where he meets his wife… when were those people created? the 6th day.

      • I think you got it there Life. I read an apology on this and the guy wrote that the term used in Genesis 1 has to do with the internal act of creation in the heart and mind, and the term used in Genesis 2 has to do with the manifestation or forming of a thing, e.g., it is clarifying the chronology of the manifestation of the creation. In other words Adam was created the third day. Which to me makes a lot of sense. If God’s desire was to create sons and taking my cue from creation, fathers like to show sons what they are meant to be when they grow up. In essence Adam got to watch Papa create and had fun naming the creation. There is a lot of information in Genesis 2 that does not need to be there if something is not being clarified. But as far as some of the other stuff written on this site about the trinity, it does not exist because men want it to exist. However i see the “let us make man in our image”, I believe is an excitement about something God has been longing to do. I can see him rubbing his hands together in excitement saying “now, let us make man in our image” to himself (trinity) if you like. But the main thing is I think He is psyched about finally bringing forth the dream of creating sons, and daughters, which is why He started building this thing to begin with. Love always multiplies itself.

  3. Interesting how authoritative you can sound about an author or by your reasoning, “authors” that you never met. You truly know the wildest imaginations of the author/authors? I only agree with you because I do believe that the trinity idea came with the creation of the Catholic church. For some people that is blasphemous.

    Richard is correct that it is “us”. Although how Richard put it is interesting. Just what do you mean by Trinity and God? Isn’t the Trinity supposed to be God (Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit)? Are you thinking of a quadrinity?

    This Trinity thing is confusing. For me the reality is not confusing. Christ was one with His Father. Christ also said that we could be one with Him and His Father. We get to be part of the family.

  4. lol. I think the two of you are taking this too seriously. My post was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to splice together two legends. Two separate contradictory stories, written in two different styles, at two different times. Of course it won’t be seamless.

    As far as the “us”, I’m most curious about what the AUTHOR meant. Nowhere in the O.T. do we see God talking to Christ. God talks to Satan, to other gods, but never to a being that wouldn’t be imagined for another thousand years. (Yes, I know, after Israel fell, they began to dream of a rescuer…but do not make the mistake of thinking O.T. writers hoping for a Messiah were expecting that Messiah to be a god-figure).

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  6. Thanks for the great response. I understand we are not responding in the same vein as you were in the writing of the post. For many of us these topics are serious and our discussion reflects that.

    The Dubious Disciple said, “to splice together two legends”. For many of us they are not legends. Most of us that do not see them as legends do not see your contradictions. There is a disagreement in a number of areas. I am quite certain that it is not because of anyones lacking of logic or the use thereof. The disagreement is because of belief and the resultant difference in how things are looked at.

    It is good to see you are wondering what the “AUTHOR” in the O.T. means in what is said and not said. I also wonder. The Dubious Disciple says, “…but do not make the mistake of thinking O.T. writers hoping for a Messiah were expecting that Messiah to be a god-figure”. I do not know what the writers were hoping for. I do know that for me I see the “AUTHOR” made sure that recorded in the O.T. were many prophesies that Jesus later fulfilled. The “AUTHOR” even had a writer record Moses failure to provide the correct example of Christ in bringing forth water out of the rock. Numbers 20:8-12

    There are a number of other references to explain in more depth, but at this time I will just say, Jesus is the rock and the rock freely gives forth his water. It is interesting to me to see that the correct type is a free giving of the water. It is not because of struggle it is just because of asking for the water.

    Maybe the more we struggle the farther away from the water we get. When we stop struggling and just ask then we can receive. Just my thoughts, enjoy or not your choice. :)

  7. Tim, I sometimes have trouble understanding your definitions. What would you ever agree is a “contradiction?” In one story, Adam is formed after the plants and animals; in the next, he is formed before the plants and animals. I realize this is a minor contradiction, but is it not a contradiction? If these stories are meant to be read as history, then at least one is historically inaccurate.

    The Bible abounds in contradictions. When did Jesus die? Who killed Goliath? How did Judas die? These are the sort of issues I write about because I find them interesting. I hope they make you think about what the authors wanted to say. I’d be happy to use a word other than “contradiction” if you find a different word less offensive.

  8. Anonymous

    Hi, I am from Australia. I came across your blog via your Amazon review of the book Existential Jesus

    Please find a completely different Spiritual Understanding of the Adam & Eve archetypal myth via this reference.

    http://www.beezone.com/adidajesus/adamnervoussystemeveflesh.html

    The purpose of “creation” stories

    http://www.dabase.org/creamyth.htm

    The Garden of Eden – or the Garden of Indestructible Light

    http://www.dabase.org/tfrbkgil.htm

    On the origins and the political purposes of the Bible

    http://www.beezone.com/up/forgottenesotericismjesus.html

    Reality Teachings via:

    http://www.beezone.com/AdiDa/gnosticon/table_of_contents.html

  9. Hi, Australia, and welcome! Thanks for the links!

    While I agree, at least in part, on the purpose of myth-making, I’m not sure you’ll win many followers among today’s “enlightened” populace. It’s so hard for people to imagine truth on any level other than literal. Here’s hoping I’m wrong!

  10. “It’s so hard for people to imagine truth on any level other than literal.” Maybe I am just pretty dense, but absolute “truth” has to at some point have a literal conclusion – not some mushy conglomeration. A rose by any other name is still a rose….;-)

  11. Richard, is Beethoven’s Fifth “true?” How about the Mona Lisa? Forest Gump?

    Simple literal “truth” neglects beauty, meaning, purpose, emotions. Sometimes I think we died during the Enlightenment.

  12. Anonymous

    Mmm…

    As I don’t think Adam was human, although very much a look-a-like human, not of men, but a man, I suggest his nakedness was knowing he was a spiritual being, and not a human being.

    So I go for a parallel universe, so a parallel Earth, which was once Paradise and is now Hades.

    Thus the Flood happened downstairs, which turned Paradise into a vast grave yard, hence Hades.

  13. Anonymous

    I believe Adam was created on the third day and eve and the rest of mankind on the sixth day. Some ask, ” how is it that we all came from Adam?”. Simple, because of the flood. Noah was from the Adam lineage and therefore, we exist from Adam. All the others were wiped out in the flood.

  14. A reasonable deduction! So, God made lotsa people on the sixth day, including Eve, right?

    • Shane Anderson

      I believe that God made more than Adam and Eve as well. Look at the simple fact that when Cain left for the land of Nod he had found a wife, how is that possible when Cain and Abel were the children of Adam and Eve.

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  16. I write this as someone who looks into the glass dimly and does not know all things.If we can consider that the plan of salvation can be seen in all the bible and maybe also in the interpretation of Genesis creation.We have in the bible the tabernacle then the temple then the body of the believer as the temple of the holy spirit.In salvation we have christ as saviour and all his attributes freely given us.Because He died we died in Him because He rose we rose with him because he is righteous we are also.as believers we are classed as the body of christ,Gods children born from above born again of him.Yet we were not born from a relationship between Jesus and a female we did not literally come from the loins of Jesus we are of his body through belief.So let us look at creation to some degee as depicting this.First we have Adam as the first man living and Christ as the second man a life giving spirit 1cor 15;45.Could it be that the many believers are new creations without coming from the loins of Jesus he being the first born over all creation and we born again into his likeness.So with Adam formed in Gods image many other men were formed in Adams image him being the prototype or like Christ firstborn over all creation of the rest mankind,of which God said to Adam let us make man in our image on the sixth day.Adam though it seems was formed in the midst of the third day before any plant was on the earth.Now as Christ has received more glory than us so Adam was more glorious than general mankind.And as Christ has risen to the heavenlies and at this time because we are on earth seperate from him so Adam was also in the garden seperate from the rest of mankind.In this Eden was the two types of trees and God walked and his presence was in the garden.So Eden was atype of the most holy place where Gods presence was in the temple.As to in the new covenant where Christ sits at the right hand of God yet by his spirit abides in the believer.At the time of Adam the rest of mankind like the church is seperate from Adam and the garden as the church is from seeing Jesus face to face.They dwelt in the land outside Eden.Also Christ the last Adam is our high priest so Adam was also high priest over mankind then.As Christ is righteous and naturally continues to be, so the believer is righteous in him.Now Adam before he sinned mankind like Adam did not sin,but when Adam sinned sin entered the world and thus all mankind began to sin.This is why Cain killed his brother and feared after his eviction that he could be killed also.There are many more things I could add and have left out because of size.So in summery we can see a type of the temple,the two types of Adam,one leading mankind to fall to sin and death,the other to life ever lasting.I have read this and I have really condensed it maybe to much.I hope you can understand for I have left out a lot.

  17. Thanks for the comment, googa, your interpretation seems quite healthy!

  18. Anonymous

    I am quite on par with googa. Adam (Adam and Eve God called them both Adam in the day they were made isn’t till the fall that we get Eve) were created on the third day before everything else as described by chapter two and everything was made for them. That is why we see the whole God creating things after their kind thing except when it comes to the rest of mankind who are also made in his image and given dominion. Adam and his lineage through Seth all the way to Noah were THE Sons of God. They were the prophets of their time. Remember Adam’s (the man) prophecy when he gave Eve her nickname that she was the mother of “all living” he was predicting the flood because the sixth day men were not children of Eve but after the flood only Noah and his descendants are left. Even though Adam fell God still counted him as righteous because Noah was said to be PERFECT in his generations. God is a helluva merciful you know.

    What really sucks is the whole Garden thing was a test, a choice. In the whole garden out of all the trees given to Adam only two mattered the Tree of Life and the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. If they had followed the command of God they would have lived forever after consuming the tree of Life and God would have removed the temptation of the other tree. This wasn’t some “oh eventually they would get bored and eat the bad tree and screw us all” they had a CHOICE and the screwed us all. But hey Adam (Adam and Eve) were the BEST and they failed so I don’t think we could’ve done any better.

    Ah well. Thank the Lord for being merciful.
    -Nescio A. Smith

  19. You’re a kick, Nescio! Keep contributing, please!

  20. Anonymous

    Trying this from a phone …
    The trouble is not contradiction here, but holding to preexisting assumptions. Read the narrative carefully. In Genesis 1 until 2 verse 3 we hear the overview. Then it goes back and says “look, here is a specific thing that happened AFTER the earth was formed, but BEFORE there were plants. ” it then goes on to describe how the Lord God made Adam, which is different from how the multiple people are created on the 6th day. Those people are not identified as Adam and Eve.
    After Cain kills Abel and God is yelling at him, Cain expresses fear that other people will kill him when they see the murderer mark. After being reassured, he goes off and finds a wife. There are other people around by now – the people created by God’s word in Genesis 1. Nothing else makes any sense.
    You should probably apply yourself to some Hebrew study to get the deeper meaning out of the different names used for God here
    They have nothing whatsoever to do with the Christian Trinity, of course

  21. Fill us in, Anonymous! I assume you’re talking about the way, in the second chapter, “Elohim” receives the name “Yahweh.” So, how does this influence the interpretation of the creation story?

  22. Anonymous

    Hi, my name is Greg,

    I came across this thread because in studying my bible I came to the exact same conclusions on my own, went to look it up and behold many others had come to this reasoning.

    It is quite simple:

    THIRD DAY: Gen 1:12 -1:13 PLANTS created
    SIXTH DAY: Gen 1:26 -1:27 Male AND Female created (this implies a seperate creation myth as male AND female are created AT THE SAME TIME to have dominion over ALL the world, how are TWO people rooted in ONE place, EDEN, going to have control over all the world??? This implies a seperate MULTITUDE of people created at the same time and populated over ALL the world. In Gen chapter 2 EVE is not created at the same time as Adam.)

    Gen 2 starts with basically saying this is a ‘RECOUNT’ of what happened…no one denies or doubts that, but it is what is said in that RECOUNT that supports the idea of two creation events…

    DAY TWO or DAY THREE Gen 2:5 – Plants had not been made yet…WHY?…because there was no rain yet – and NO MAN TO TILL THE GROUND.

    No matter how you spin it this has to be day 2 or 3 —because in Gen 1:12,13 there are plants on the third day already.

    AND this is something that not a lot of people focus on –one of the stipulations as to why there was not grass yet was because — THERE WAS NO MAN TO TILL THE GROUND. This would imply that God’s purpose was to have man here first to tend to plants and animals. AND THAT ALL HAPPENS BEFORE DAY 3 CLEARLY– or possibly ON day 3 plants were created right after man.

    Now those that will argue that man’s creation happened on the SIXTH day will point to GEN 2:1(declaring this is a replay of events that have already happened) and Gen 2:6 ‘There came a midst from the ground that proceeded to water all of the earth’ — they will say this accounts for days 3,4,5, and 6 —that 2:6 is the total of ALL those days and that plants and animals and whales and birds were created before Gen 2:7 where God creates Adam. –To me that is a STRETCH at best.

    It seems clear that there was two seperate creation events for man. This is my opinion from reading and re-reading.

    Also in doing a side study on the HEBREW word for ‘man’ I have found some interesting facts. From Gen 1:26,27 to Gen 2:5-2:7 there are TWO seperate words used for MAN…the one used in Gen 1:26,27 means ‘MEN’ or ‘MANKIND’ and the one from Gen 2:7 means “THE MAN” or as we have come to know it ‘Adam, THE MAN’ –as ADAM is the root of the hebrew word for man. (It’s actually a little more complicated than that, but in simple english speaking terms this is the ‘gist’ of the two words, I would encourage your own study for clarification)

    Now all of this is said in the argument for 3rd day creation…if you want to further expand yourself look up 8th day creation myth…yes that’s right some people believe that there are more days that God created things AFTER he rested, and that Adam and Eve were created on the EIGHTH day. This idea is used to explain why there are new species and to explain why you can find bones for extinct things like dinosaurs. People will say ‘Oh that’s a 9th day creation of God’ or ‘Those were a 12th day creation of God’ Many believe he is STILL creating. Not sure what ‘DAY’ we are suppossed to be living in.

    Anyway I hope I added to the conversation and didn’t take away from it.

    Bless you!!!

    • You are correct. Adam was indeed created on the morning of day 3. The Garden of Eden was created by God especially for Adam. He created Adam and placed him there. Once He places him there, He creates the trees that are pleasant to look at and for food. It goes on to describe the rivers that are in the garden. This is the afternoon of day 3 because God now has caused the plants to grow with water. He tells Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Eve didn’t hear this from God because she has yet to be created). God says it is not good for man to be alone. As you see Adam is the only soul on Earth at this point. In Genesis 1 on day 6 God creates male and female, He creates them and blesses THEM. This is humankind. He shows them everything He has created and explains everything to them. He says BEHOLD to them. Behold means to SEE. In order for them to see everything He is talking about it had to have already been created. Clearly in Genesis 2 it is BEFORE plants, Adam is ALONE, and there is NO man to till the ground. He tells humankind to be fruitful and multiply to replenish the Earth. These are the people with whom Cain feared would kill him when God expelled him from the Garden of Eden and from his parents. That is when God placed a mark upon Cain saying if anyone should kill him, vengeance would be seven fold upon them. Obviously Cain wasn’t worried about his Dad and Mom (Adam and Eve) killing him because he was being driven from their presence forever. These people are also where Cain chose his wife.
      Back to Eve. She was created especially for Adam. She was created before on day 6 in the Garden of Eden, after the animals but before humankind. God made the animals, brought them to Adam to name and then caused him to fall in to a deep sleep where his rib was removed to create Eve. Eve became Adam’s wife because God made her especially for him. A soul mate, if you will. This would make her the mother of all the living as stated in Chapter 3.

  23. Hi Greg, I had never heard of the 8th-day creation myth! Thanks for contributing…

    • Anonymous

      I hadn’t heard of it until I read gen 1:12,13 then gen 1:26-1:31 then read Gen 2:5 – 2:7 and said to myself something is wrong here! So I GOOGLED it and came across all this info.

      Google 8th day creation….BEHOLD THE POWER OF GOOGLE!

  24. It states in the Bible: “So God created human beings* in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them”…”And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.”
    It can be found in Genesis 1:26-31

  25. Lee Harmon

    You’ve inspired a new post, liz. Check out tomorrow’s blog entry and tell me what you think.

  26. The bible is a bunch of FAIRY TALES

  27. Adam was created on the 3rd day. If you look at Genesis Chapter 2 it reads, “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”
    The only time in Genesis 1 where there is dry land and no plant or herbs is the morning of day 3. He created Adam and then placed him in the Garden of Eden which God had prepared especially for him. In Genesis 1 God creates male and female, he created THEM on day six. This is humankind. He told them to BEHOLD all that He had created. In order for them to behold it (to SEE it) it had to have already been created. It clearly states God created Adam BEFORE the plants and herbs. This also explains where the people came from that Cain feared would kill him when God drove him out and away from the Garden of Eden, from his parents Adam and Eve. These are also the people where the wives of the men came from. We are not a product of incest.

  28. This isn’t a “what do you think” theory, this is fact. Adam was created on the morning of the third day. Eve was created in the afternoon of the sixth day. I published this back in 1994 after a NDE I had where I asked to bring back something regarding God that no one else could dispute. I have tried for nearly twenty years to get people to just re-read Genesis 1 & 2 without any bias of what they had been told. I feel as though I have failed in some way. I have been able to accomplish nothing more than a few plagiarists and blog topics. If you want the exact information I have, so you can remove the “Eve seduces Adam” stigma, I will be glad to help.

  29. Lee Harmon

    Sandy, what did you bring back from your NDE? Or was your request for proof denied?

    Don’t worry, I don’t have an “Eve seduces Adam” stigma, the whole idea of combining the two creation stories (Genesis 1 and Genesis 2) was written tongue-in-cheek. It’s surely best not to confuse either story by trying to merge them.

  30. Drake Iverson

    It really is amusing to see all the many different interpretations on this “creation story”. Didn’t it occur to anybody that the whole bloody thing is one gigantic MYTH? Every ancient culture and tribe has its own mythology of how the universe was created. You Christians arrogantly dismiss these MUCH OLDER beliefs as nonsense; the imaginations of primitive minds. Yet when it comes to YOUR version, “HEY! We KNOW ours is the only TRUE story!” The entire Bible–especially the “Jesus part” is nothing but superstitious twattle plagiarized from those older myths. Get over yourselves.

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