It is derived from the Latin in and caro fleshmeaning clothed in flesh, the act of assuming flesh. Its only use in theology is in reference to that gracious, voluntary act of the Son of God in which He assumed a human body. It is one of the greatest events to occur in the history of the universe.
Structure[ edit ] Genesis appears to be structured around the recurring phrase elleh toledot, meaning "these are the generations," with the first use of the phrase referring to the "generations of heaven and earth" and the remainder marking individuals—Noah, the "sons of Noah", Shem, etc.
Primeval history and Patriarchal age The Angel Hinders the Offering of Isaac RembrandtGod creates the world in six days and consecrates the seventh as a day of rest. God creates the first humans Adam and Eve and all the animals in the Garden of Eden but instructs them not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
A talking serpent portrayed as a deceptive creature or tricksterentices Eve into eating it anyway, and she entices Adam, whereupon God throws them out and curses them—Adam to getting what he needs only by sweat and work, and Eve to giving birth in pain.
This is interpreted by Christians as the fall of humanity. Eve bears two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain kills Abel after God accepts Abel's offering but not Cain's. God then curses Cain. Eve bears another son, Sethto take Abel's place. After many generations of Adam have passed from the lines of Cain and Seth, the world becomes corrupted by human sin and Nephilimand God determines to wipe out humanity.
First, he instructs the righteous Noah and his family to build an ark and put examples of all the animals on it, seven pairs of every clean animal and one pair of every unclean. Then God sends a great flood to wipe out the rest of the world.
When the waters recede, God promises that he will not destroy the world a second time with water with the rainbow as a symbol of his promise.
God sees mankind cooperating to build a great tower city, the Tower of Babeland divides humanity with many languages and sets them apart with confusion. God instructs Abram to travel from his home in Mesopotamia to the land of Canaan. There, God makes a covenant with Abram, promising that his descendants shall be as numerous as the stars, but that people will suffer oppression in a foreign land for four hundred years, after which they will inherit the land "from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates ".
Abram's name is changed to Abraham and that of his wife Sarai to Sarahand circumcision of all males is instituted as the sign of the covenant.
“The Primeval History: Genesis ,” Five Books of Moses, September 22, [ iii ]. Robert Karl Gnuse.,”A Process Theological Interpretation of The Primeval in Genesis ,” Horizons 29, no. 1 (): Genesis The Primeval Story. STUDY. PLAY. Abel. the second son of Adam and Eve; he was murdered by his brother Cain. The ten "generations" used in Genesis as a way of structuring the history told in the book. Tower of Babel. the tower of Genesis 11 built by humans and interpreted by God as an act of defiance. A. Creation (–) 1. The origin of the universe (–) 2. The origin of man (–25) B. Sin Enters the Created Order (–) 1. The fall of man (–24) 2. The spread of sin (–16) 3. The descendants of Cain (–24) 4. The birth of Seth (–26) 5. The ten patriarchs from Adam to Noah (–32) 6.
Because Sarah is old, she tells Abraham to take her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagaras a second wife. Through Hagar, Abraham fathers Ishmael. God resolves to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for the sins of their people.
Abraham protests and gets God to agree not to destroy the cities if 10 righteous men can be found. Angels save Abraham's nephew Lot and his family, but his wife looks back on the destruction against their command and is turned into a pillar of salt.The ultimate Genesis commentary (so far) is Westermann's three-volume behemoth.
The meatiest chunk of this feast is Volume one, covering the primeval history of chapters . Notes: 1. L.S. Chafer, Systematic Theology (Dallas ) v.2, p et alibi; also F. Delitzsch, A System of Biblical Psychology tr. R.E.
Wells (rpr. Grand Rapids ) 2. For parallels (e.g. Is) see Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar para. a.
3. Summaries, by their very nature, are more appropriate to the ends rather than the beginnings of literary treatments. Genesis is just such. Interpretations of Genesis - In the beginning God created The former is often referred to as "creation ex nihilo" -- the concept that God created the Earth and the rest of the universe out of nothing.
RS 2DD3 – Five Books of Moses, A. Y. Reed September 22, 6. The Structure of Genesis as a redacted whole Toledot – Hebrew word meaning “generations” or “descendants.”Toledot notices provide structure to the combination of different material in Genesis and are marked below in italics.
The identity of “the sons of God” (בְנֵי־הָאֱלֹהִים) in Genesis 6 is commonly regarded as one of the most difficult interpretive cruxes in all of the Old Testament.
Compounding the exegetical challenges in this passage, critical scholarship commonly charges that the text’s. Introduction: In Genesis A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary, C. John “Jack” Collins offers a detailed exposition of the Pentateuch’s opening chapters and interacts with key introductory issues such as authorship and provenance.