Many argue that there is either contradiction or complementarity in Genesis 1-2:3 and 2:4&3. Our take in From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis is that neither of the arguments applies. In our view, it’s likely that these are separate founding stories of beginnings that point to God and give a raison d’être for national Israel. The editor, who at some point put them together, didn’t see fit to rearrange or smooth out the “narratives.” We suggest that the two different stories are purposefully left in tension and both remain avant-garde in their own ways right up to today.