1:26 And God said, 'Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.'
1:27 So God created man in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
1:29 And God said, 'Behold, I have given you every plant bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has breath of life, I have given every green plant for food', and it was so.
1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, indeed it was very good. And then there was evening and there was morning on the sixth day.
This passage from Genesis and illustration of the Garden of Eden come from a version of the Bible published in 1660.
The story of creation, told in the opening chapter of the Bible, is one of the earliest descriptions of paradise. The image of the Garden of Eden is a powerful one. The creation myth and the Garden of Eden represent the beginning of human time and experience, and therefore can conjure powerful images of a pure time and place, unmarked by history. In common with other early myths, it is set outside time and marks an ideal or Golden Age before things went wrong in the world.
The Genesis myth was set in Mesopotamia. It was written down in c.10 BC by scribes of the 'priestly tradition'. This extract may originally have been part of a chant or chorus sung at the New Year festival in the spring.