More questions concerning the historicity of Adam and Eve

by hamiltonmj1983

I recently posted this blog, as well as this one, and then this one, concerning historicity of stories in the bible. Some of these lead to some good discussion from multiple points of view.

I want to ask a couple more questions concerning the historicity of the creation stories:

(1) Do those who insist on a literal Adam and Eve throw out source criticism? It seems very apparent that Genesis 1:1-2:4a and 2:4bff are different stories and have various elements that do not agree (such as the order of creation [Animals – Man and Woman, and Man – Animals – Woman]). What does a literalist do with that?

(2) What do literalists think the purpose of the creation account is? Why was it written?

(3) I am re-reading John Oswalt’s The Bible Among the Myths, in which he presents what I would argue is a false dichotomy between myth and history. Have any of you read it, and what do you think?