God creates order from Chaos
Jewish creation and the Sumerians
Jewish ideas about the beginning of the world are similar to Sumerian beliefs. This is not surprising, because, at least according to the Bible, in these very early times the Jews lived in the Persian Gulf area (modern Iraq) with the Sumerians.
How long did God take for creation?
The Bible says that God created the world in seven days.
Day 1: Light and darkness
On the first day, God created the Heavens and the Earth: that is, He separated the light from the darkness (compare Zoroastrianism).
Day 2: The sky and the earth
On the second day, God separated the sky from the earth (compare the Greek version).
Day 3: The water and the land
On the third day, God divided the water from the land, and made the plants and the trees and flowers.
Day 4: The sun and the stars
Then on the fourth day, God created the sun and the stars.
Day 5: Animals
Day 6: People
On the sixth day, God created man, and (possibly a little later) woman.
Day 7: Rest
And on the seventh day He rested (this is why some Jews rest on Saturdays).