John Calvin on the Genesis of Genesis

Thus John Calvin very rightly indeed concludes: "Long before the time of Moses, an acquaintance with the Covenant which God had entered with their fathers [Hosea 6:7 and

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Genesis 6:18 & 17:1-7 etc.], was common to the whole people….   He does not propound it as something new, but only commemorates what all held — what the men of old themselves had received from their ancestors….  

"We ought not to doubt that ‘The Creation of the World’ as here described [in Genesis chapter one] was already known through the ancient and perpetual traditions [both written and oral] of the Fathers….   It pleased the Lord to commit the history to writing, for the purpose of preserving its purity….