More questions concerning the historicity of Adam and Eve
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?