Young's Literal translation:
2:19 And Jehovah God formeth from the ground every beast of the field, and every fowl of the heavens, and bringeth in unto the man, to see what he doth call it; and whatever the man calleth a living creature, that [is] its name.
2:20 And the man calleth names to all the cattle, and to fowl of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; and to man hath not been found an helper -- as his counterpart.
World English Bible:
2:19 Out of the ground Yahweh God formed every animal of the field, and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.
2:20 The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every animal of the field; but for man there was not found a helper suitable for him.
Webster Bible Translation:
2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought [them] to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] its name.
2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowls of the air, and to every beast of the field: but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him.
2:19 And out of the ground Jehovah Elohim had formed every animal of the field and all fowl of the heavens, and brought [them] to Man, to see what he would call them; and whatever Man called each living soul, that was its name.
2:20 And Man gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; but as for Adam, he found no helpmate, his like.
The Bible in basic English:
2:19 And from the earth the Lord God made every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and took them to the man to see what names he would give them: and whatever name he gave to any living thing, that was its name.
2:20 And the man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of the air and to every beast of the field; but Adam had no one like himself as a help.
American Standard Version:
2:19 And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
2:20 And the man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; but for man there was not found a help meet for him.
King James Version:
2:19And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.
2:20And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
bit more than simply the King James Bible which has 'got it wrong' there, eh?
Trouble with all this is that there are not only disagreements about the translations used, there are even disagreements about what are the oldest surviving texts in existence!
Well, guys I think we have derailed a lot from our original discussion. In my paper I discussed three major points where evolution is in contradictions (atleast seems to be) with the religious scriptures (Genesis and also the Quran). I am stating my the points here:
1. Does evolution denies the existence of God?
2. The world was created in six days?
3. What about Adam and Eve?
I would like to know what you people think about this contradictions.
There are ofcourse other contradictions with evolution and Genesis:
1. The earth is young, only about 6000 years old.
2. Humans come before other creatures.
3. Global flood and fossils etc.
But I pereferred only to talk about contradictions that are common to both religions.
In reference to those questions, which I agree we should concentrate on as they are actually the point of the topic, I can view them only in reference and comparison to 'Creation myths' which are found in all religions, from all eras and places in human history. Whether it's the trio of religions which have sprung from the land and times of the Old Testament, the story of creation by Brahma in Hinduism, the tales of the Dreamtime from my own Australian Aboriginal heritage, or any of the multitudes of other Creation myths which have been told at different times and in different places.
I see no contradiction in the existence of all those Creation stories. I don't consider that any single one of them needs to be a 'definitive' answer, because I see all of them as mechanisms by which mankind can begin to understand the concept of Creation, each constructed in terms which are relevent to their place and time. Goodness, I'm happy to accept that ALL of them are handed down from that forever incomprehensible 'thing' we conveniently call the 'Creator', and I'm happy to accept that the 'Creator' isn't even a 'thing'.
Makes no sense to me whatsoever that any 'Creator', who is outside and beyond the realms of comprehensibility to mankind, is gonna provide a detailed comprehensive list of the processes undertaken. Seems to me that such descriptions are only ever gonna be 'divine inspirations' rather than 'divine explanations', and are by their nature forever restricted from being 'the Word of Truth'.
It's convenient to think of the Creator as 'God', and its conveneient to consider 'Creation' as a process. Those are concepts which are comprehensible to humanity, whereas the 'nature of God' and the 'nature of Creation' are not! For those who 'need' a Creation story, a Creation story is provided. For those who are content in their co-existence with Creation, such stories are simply literary metaphors, divinely inspired if you wish to think so, which seek in some way to 'describe the indescribable'. They are interesting, they are most often quite beautiful, and they serve a purpose. But that 'purpose', I believe, can only ever have meaning in reference to mankind.
The later development in understanding and capability which has led mankind to examine and more closely explain aspects of the process of Creation in tems of Evolution is not a contradiction of Creation. It is simply an expansion of our comprehension of it.
The other seeming 'ciontradictions' you've mentioned, Asif, can all be considered in a similar way. Does a 'day' to the Creator need to be identical to the 'day' that has comprehensibility to man? If 'divine intent' was to create man, does it contradict the intention to learn that, in the process of man appearing he came via the further development of other animals and species? I think not. After all, if a press a button to begin a manufacturing process which is designed to churn out cakes, there is a part of the process which first churns out batter. My original intent was to make a cake, and the batter is part of the process of getting there. (That's a rather poor example, but you see what I'm getting at I hope. It's late here and I'm tired :))
to those people who are going to get 'hung up' on their particular religious beliefs and their firm conviction that every word of the Bible was intentionally and literally written by 'God' I can onlly say that I respect the fact that you hold such views. If that's your 'view' and 'belief' then I'm happy for you that you have such meaning in you life. I simply don't agree with you, nor do I feel that I need such explanations to be in 'tune' with Creation. :D