Genesis chapter 1:27
"so God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them. "
"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 thereof
22 And the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man. "
Yes, God created man(Gen 1) and then formed man(Gen 2). The creator first created man mentally(His Image) and spiritually(His likeness). This being was androgynous that is consisting masculine and feminine quality.
After several generations of refining his creation He formed a man of dust that is He gave this being a physical body. He transfered this spiritual being from his mind through His breath to nostrils of the dust formation(physical body). So a man of dust became a living being. Later, he took part of the man of dust(ribs) and formed another physical body. However, this second physical body differed slightly from the first. The first physical body was the image of God i.e. the active force while the second one was image of Creation i.e. the passive force. Active force provides the seeds for creating while the passive receives these seeds. You cannot create without the two forces.
Very interesting perspective, just like this hypothesis:
as well as this:
Interesting coz they they tend to spark more questions than provide satisfactory answer to the reader. Such hypotheses are stemmed from the presumption that the creation account as recorded in Genesis is a coded narrative.
If Gen 1 and 2 have deeper meanings:
[li]Which other chapter in Genesis is symbolic? The flood, is it also symbolic? Cain killing Abel? Is the entire Genesis metaphorical? How do you draw the line?[/li][/ul]
My take: the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 are as literal as recorded and thus do not require deeper analysis for interpretation. Man was created from soil, literally, then woman formed out of his ribs, literally–both of them bearing the image of the creator.