Genesis Notes

Be deBenito

Genesis 1-11 Cosmological Stories

Etiology- deep human question that a story answers
Genesis 1:

How many days did it take for God to make the earth?

1. Light
a. Night
b. Day
2. Sky
3. Dry land
Let water divide
4. Stars

Genesis 2:

How were man/woman created?
Man from dust, Woman from rib
Why do people want to marry?
They are to leave their parents to go with their spouse
What is our purpose?
To watch over the Garden and the world
Adam- from Adamah- thing from dirt
Ruach- God??s breath, wind, spirit- makes Adam a living being
Eve- mother of all living things; 1st woman
Eden- delight, place for Adam and Eve
Anthropomorphic- having human-like qualities
Immanent- God very present
Transcendant- outside, beyond, detached from creation
Omniscience- All Knowing
Autonomous- free to choose
1) disobedience
2) pointing the finger
3) blaming someone else
4) don??t accept responsibility
Genesis 4

"h Sons of Adam and Eve:
"h Cain- farmer; rep of agrarian culture
"h Abel- Shepherd; rep of nomadic culture
"h Themes:
"h Jealousy and murder
"h Origins of violence
"h Forsaking responsibility
"h Mercy and capital punishment
"h Gifts to God
"h Cain- fat portions
"h Abel- fruit of the earth
"h God favors Abel
"h Cain kills Abel out in the field
"h God tries to get a confession by asking and not accusing
"h Cain is the first murderer
"h Capital punishment
"h Penalty:
"h Gets a mark for
"h Protection
"h Punishment
"h Guilt
"h Banished to land of Nod
"h Land of wandering
"h Form of guilt
"h Settled existence

Genesis 5
"h Geneology- family line
"h Begins with Adam -> Noah

Genesis 6:9 ?V 9:17 Terms:
"h Gilgamesh
"h Babylonian myth of flood
"h Gilgamesh becomes a god
"h Same as Moses
"h God of Babylonians can??t sleep because of racket so he floods the earth
"h 40
"h May be a symbol for a long time
"h Constantly used in the bible
"h Berith
"h Covenant, promise
"h God makes Beriths
"h Put your life in Beriths
"h Hebrew tradition
"h Terrah
"h Saving vessel
"h Dove
"h Peace
"h New Command
"h All can be food for people
"h Don??t eat animals for food
"h Except they can have life blood
"h You may not kill people
"h Capital Punishment
"h God will Provide

Genesis 12-50 Patriarchal Stories

"h Rooted in specific time/ place
"h Main characters
"h Are social unlikelies from the same family with which whom God makes a Berith
"h All experience a theophany
"h Manifestation of God
"h Berith involves Land and Blessing extended to the future
"h Foundation for J, C, I
"h Judaism
"h Christian
"h Islam, Muslim
"h Rich in drama and suspense
"h Cliffhangers!
"h Names reveal character of person, place
"h Isaac means laughter
"h Abraham means father
"h Nomadic
"h Everyone is on the move
"h Ger
"h Wanderer, sojourner, pilgrim
"h First father
"h Abraham

Genesis 11:27-32
"h First patriarchal story
"h Terms
"h Terah
"h Father of Abram, Nahor, Haran
"h Haran (the man) died in Ur
"h Abram
"h Called by God to go to Canaan
"h ??Father??
"h Haran
"h Place where Terah??s family settles
"h Called ??crossroads??
"h Metaphorical
"h Sarai
"h Abram??s wife
"h Couldn??t have children
"h Barren
"h Lot
"h Haran??s son
"h Lech-Lecha
"h Means go forward, go ahead
"h Ger
"h Theophany
"h Manifestation of god
Genesis 16

"h Canaan
"h Promised land
"h God promised it to Abraham and his descendants
"h Abram
"h Sarai
"h Abram??s wife
"h ??princess??
"h Barren
"h Pretended to be Abram??s sister
"h Wanted Abram to do it with her maid servant
"h Never calls her by name
"h Jealous of Hagar
"h Pharaoh
"h Took Sarai because she was beautiful
"h God damns Pharaoh
"h Says ??Abram why??d you lie? Lech-Lecha!??
"h Hager
"h Maidservant of Sarah/ Abram
"h Has Abraham??s son
"h Fled and met up with God
"h Told her to go back
"h God blesses her with land
"h Ishmael
"h ??God hears??
"h Abram??s son
"h El Roi
"h One who sees
"h Berith
"h Land and Blessing
"h Land had famine
"h Blessing means children
"h They had none
"h Lech-Lecha
"h Go on
"h Move forward
"h Ger
"h Theophany
"h God Appears to her
"h Shur
"h At a well/spring

Genesis 18:

"h Hospitality
"h The art of welcoming strangers as friends
"h Root word of a bunch of words
"h For Abram/Abraham:
1. Waiting to serve them
2. Gives them rest
3. Prepares a meal quickly- the best they have
4. At their service
"h Isaac
"h Means laughter
"h Because Sarah laughed because she didn??t think she could become pregnant
"h She thought she was too old
"h Abraham and Sarah??s son

Genesis 19:
"h Sodom and Gomorrah
"h Wicked towns
"h Only nice guy in them was Lot
"h Wanted to ??know?? the guests
"h Have sex with
"h Lot offered his daughters instead
"h Town turns to salt and catches on fire
"h Lot
"h Abraham??s nephew
"h Values guests over family
"h His wife looks back and turns to salt
"h Sodomy Law
"h Laws the Government have against homosexuality

Genesis 22

"h Akidah
"h Literally means rope
"h Binding; tied to faith; never letting go
Interpretations of Akidah Story:
1. God was against child sacrifice
2. Faith demands absolute dependence on God
3. Let go, untie your children (if you are a parent)
4. Don??t take life so seriously, let