Genesis 2:4 – Why does the creation story repeat itself?

Problem: JEDP theorists note multiple names for God in the Hebrew text. In Genesis 1:1-2:3, the author uses the term “Elohim” for God, while Genesis 2:4 introduces the term “Yahweh” for God. Critics argue that a later author/editor must have come across two creation stories, splicing them together. One is from the Elohist (or “E”) source, and the other is from the Yahwist (or “J”) source.
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Genesis 1:29-30 – Does this passage claim that lions and tigers were vegetarians?

Problem: Genesis states, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food” (Gen. 1:29-30). Does this mean that animals were vegetarians before the Fall?
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Genesis 1:28 – Does this passage justify deforestation, pollution, and animal cruelty?

Problem: Genesis 1:28 states, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (ESV). Animal rights advocates argue that Christians use this verse to justify cruelty to animals. Is this the case?
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Genesis 1:26-27 -Were Adam and Eve the first two literal people on Earth?

Problem: Critical biblical scholars do not believe that Adam and Eve were real people; instead, this account is just a myth or fable about the moral fall of humanity.[1] Recently, theologian Peter Enns wrote, “The Bible is ancient literature that speaks from an ancient point of view… These stories clearly and undeniably look so very similar to the stories of other ancient cultures and have nothing to do with history or science as we think of those ideas today… Divorcing the creation stories of the Bible from their ancient settings and forcing them to speak to contemporary scientific discussion over evolution isn’t just wrong or stubborn or misguided… It is sub-Christian.” However, there are a number of reasons to reject such a view:
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Genesis 1:26 – Does this passage prove the Trinity?

Problem: In Genesis, God says, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). There are many other examples of the plural name for God in the rest of the OT (c.f. Gen. 3:22; 11:7; Isa. 6:8). Here, the Hebrew refers to God in the plural, but it states that he creates in the singular. Does this passage prove that the doctrine of the Trinity existed in the first chapter of the Bible?
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