The Book of Genesis
What's In The Book?
- Original Sin
- origins of God's people
Main Characters and Plot
- Adam and Eve- first humans created by God. The snake tricked Eve to eat fruit from the tree which she also came to Adam and Original Sin was created. They were then driven out of the Garden of Eden.
- Cain and Abel- sons of Adam and Eve; Abe; was favored by God because of good worship and faith so Cain became jealous and killed Abel. God asked where Abel was and when He found out what Cain had done, he drove him out to become a wanderer. Cain's descendants were without God and came to have the destruction of the flood
- Noah and His Family- God was not happy with the world and sin so He decided to destroy it all. He found favor with Noah and his family- wife and sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. God told Noah to build an ark for his family and two of every animal. The flood came and lasted 190 days. God made the covenant with Noah through the dove with the olive branch when the flood was over. God's covenant was to never destroy the earth again.
- Abraham and Sarah- God makes a covenant with Abrahm and Sarai that their descendants would be a great nation. Their names were then changed to Abraham and Sarah. They move to land that God directs them to along with their son, Lot. Eventually they move back to Canaan. God says Sarah will have a son at ninety years old. After, God goes to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God warns Lot and his wife to flee but when the wife looks back at the city she turn into a pillar of salt. Sarah gives birth to Isaac and God tells Abraham to kill his son. Because of Abraham's great faith eh prepares to do so, but God stops him and reaffirms his covenant.
- Isaac- must find a wife and God leads him to Rebekah. She has the twins Jacob and Esau. Isaac favored Esau who was a burly hunter while Rebekah favored Jacob who was more thoughtful.
- Jacob and Esau- Jacob tricks Esau to give him his inheritance rights for a bowl of soup. Isaac is close to death and tells Esau to hunt game and prepare a meal so that he can receive his father's final blessing. Jacob pretends to be Esau and receives the blessing and Esau is furious. Jacob escapes Esau and has a dream where God promises him the same covenant as Abraham and Isaac. Jacob wants to marry Rachel but is tricked into marrying her older sister, Leah. He eventually works for Rachel and they are married. Jacob wrestles with God and is renamed Israel which means " he struggles with God." He makes peace with Esau but their tribes fight.
- Joseph and his brothers- Joseph is the youngest of his brothers and is favored by Jacob and God. When Joseph is presented with a beautiful coat, his brothers get jealous and sell him to a high ranking official in Egypt named Potiphar. There, Joseph works hard until Potiphar's wife tries to seduce him. Joseph is then thrown in jail until he is called out to interpret the Pharaoh' dream. Eventually the Pharaoh elects Joseph to be his highest official before the famine to come. Because of the famine, Joseph's brothers come to Joseph for food. Joseph reveals himself as their lost brother and they rejoice.
It also tells of the economy of salvation and the description of the origin of the human race. The book relates all of creation, and history to God to explain the role of Israel in the world
Tells Us About Relationships With God
- He is the creator and life giver
- Is personal and desires a relationship with human beings
- is holy and judges sinful humans
- is merciful even in judgement
- and is sovereign over every power
- Moses wrote between 1446 and 1406 BCE
- written by Israelites during the reign of Solomon- 961-931 BCE
Some of the oldest manuscripts we have of Genesis date to somewhere between 150 BCE and 70 CE
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