Is it possible that Genesis, or the revelation that God created everything, was revealed to man via visions while he dreamt? As man was not there with God as it was happening, the only way for man to know what God did in the creation process would be to be shown by God Himself.
And what if the method used to elucidate man was a vision or a dream? And the man God revealed the process to was shown it through several dreams over several nights, say Seven nights?
Humans sleep from Evening to Morning after all. And this is what makes up the “days” of Genesis in the narrative. (Why Evening and Morning, and not Morning to Evening or Morning to Morning?)
Is it possible that God is showing man the process in dreams over Seven nights? With each night focusing on a different aspect of creation?
Wouldn’t this eliminate the whole need for the actual process of creation to take 7 literal 24 hour days, or remove the confusion when one is told the “days” were actually long periods of time (without explaining why then Evening and Morning are mentioned?
What if the days have nothing to do with the actual creation process and are simply the nights taken to reveal the story to mankind?
A lot of the narrative seems to take the view of someone standing on the surface of the Earth, like a man, and watching God do His thing. This would also be why the Sun and stars were not mentioned until day four, as from the surface of the Earth, the position the man in the vision is standing, the Sun and stars cannot be seen through the thick, primordial atmosphere until it clears.
So what if we imagine the Genesis narrative is being shown to man like a fast-forward movie, in the form of a vision, playing out over Seven nights and focusing on the important things, making sure it is understood that it was God that did them?
Do your best to tear this apart as I’m going to go with it if it works.