Two Accounts of Creation: Bereshit 1–2



Both Chapters 1 and 2 of Sefer Bereshit describe the creation of the world.  While the stylized narrative of Chapter 11 provides a day by day account of the world's origins, Chapter 2 reads more like a story, depicting the formation of Adam and his environs in a much more personal manner.  Why does the Torah find it necessary to include two distinct accounts of the same event?  How can the difference in style be understood?

Contradictory Portraits

Even more troubling than the repetition, though, is the fact that the two accounts appear to differ from each other regarding a number of points: