Notes on Genesis 1-25

Reading Worksheet #1            Old Testament readings.  Genesis 1-15.          

“Genesis” is from the Latin for the opening word of the bible, “bereshith” which means “in the beginning.”           

Genesis 1-11 is “Pre History” as it covers Creation, Human Origins, The Fall and the Progress of evil.         

Genesis 12-50 begins the Story of Redemption, where Abraham and his seed are chosen to be the carriers of the promise of salvation to the entire world.                    The  

Major Plot is God’s intervention in our history of sin through the election of Abraham and his descendants. 

Some Minor Plots are:         

Covenants:  with Noah (9:8-17) and Abraham (12:2-7; 15:1-21, 17:3-8), Isaac (26:3-5) and Jacob (18:13-15).         

Conflict:  Serpent v. “seed of woman”, brothers in conflict (Cain/Abel; Ishmael/Isaac; Esau/Jacob).         

Choice: God chooses the younger: not Cain but Seth, not Ishmael but Isaac, not Esau but Jacob, not Rueben but Judah, and often through sons born of “barren” women, Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel.  The Chosen are flawed:  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Judah are all flawed, they were not chosen for their goodness.         

Judah emerges as the Leading tribe.         

Anticipation of what will happen in Egypt, told in Exodus.         

Origins of Israel’s neighbors, such as Egypt, Canaan, Moab, Ammon, Edom and Ishmael.          


1:1-2:3 – Prologue: Notice that the “formless and void” is first formed in Days 1-3 and filled in Days 4-6.  Note what is good, the role of humanity in creation, and the limits of work.         

2:4-4:26 – Human Beginnings:  From Eden humanity declines swiftly because of their rebellion.         

5:1-6:8 — Adam’s Family Line         

6:9-9:29 – the Account of Noah         

10:1-11:9 – the Account of Shem, Ham and Japheth         

10:10-26 – Shem


11:27-25-11 – The Line of Terah – Abraham

(How to Read the Bible Book by Book, Fee & Stuart – source of these notes)


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