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The Book of Genesis

Author: Moses
Theme: The beginning
Date of Posting: + 1445 – 1405 BC

Genesis suitable as the first book of the Old Testament and as introduction to the essentials of the entire Bible. The title of this book in the Hebrew is taken from the first word, _bereshith_ (“in the beginning”). The name “Genesis” is a translation of the Hebrew title to the Greek and means “origin, source, creation or beginning of something.” Incident is “the beginning of the book.”

The author is not mentioned in this book. However, other testimony in the Bible indicates that Moses was the author of the entire Pentateuch (Ie, the first five books of the Old Testament) and therefore also Genesis (Eg, 1 Kings 2:3; 2 Kings 14:6; Ezr 6:18; Neh 13:1; Dan 9:11-13; Mal 4:4; Mk 12:26, ​​Lk 16:29,31; Jn 7:19-23, Acts 26:22; 1 Cor 9:9; * 2 ​​Cor 3:15).

Similarly, the ancient Jewish writers and the fathers of the church all states that Moses being the author / compiler of Genesis. Because all history in Genesis occurred before the life of Moses, his role in wrote Genesis was compiled, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, all oral and written records existed since Adam until the death of Joseph now the contents of Genesis. Which may be a clue wore historical notes by Moses when writing Genesis is that there is 11 times the use of “These are the generations” or “descent Iniliah” (Heb. ‘elleh toledoth’) which can be translated “this history by” (Cf. Gen. 2:4; Gen. 5:1; Gen. 6:9; Gen. 10:1; Gen. 11:10,27; Gen. 25:12,19; Gen. 36:1,9; Gen. 37:2).

Genesis record of creation, the beginning of human history, and the origins of Hebrew people and their covenant with God through Abraham and ancestors more precisely. Historical accuracy of the Bible as the inspired confirmed by the Lord Jesus in the New Testament (Matthew 19:4-6, Matt 24:37-39, Lk 11:51; Luke 17:26-32, John 7:21-23, John 8:56-58) and the apostles (Rom 4:1-25; 1Co 15:21-22,45-47; 2 Cor 11:3; Gal 3:8; Gal 4:22-24,28; 1 ​​Tim 2:13-14; Heb 11:4-22; 2 Pet 3:4-6; Jude 1:7,11). Genesis history is reinforced by archaeological discoveries in modern times. Moses prepared outstanding by education (Acts 7:22) and by God to write The first book is unique in the Bible.

Genesis provides a basis for the Pentateuch and all
subsequent biblical revelation. Genesis maintains the only record
who can be trusted on the early universe, mankind, marriage,
sin, cities, languages, nations, Israel and history
redemption. Genesis was written in accordance with God’s purpose to give
His covenant people a basic understanding of Himself, creation,
mankind, the downfall, death, judgment, agreement, and promise
redemption through the seed of Abraham.


Genesis itself is divided into two main parts.
1. Section 1-11 (Gen. 1:1 – 11: 32)
Gives a broad view of the beginning man from Adam to Abraham and centered on five very important event.

(A) Creation: God created everything, including Adam and
Eve who placed him in the Garden of Eden
(Chapters 1-2; Gen. 1:1 – 2: 25).

(B) The Fall: Through their transgression, Adam and Eve enter
the curse of sin and death into the human history
(Article 3; Gen. 3:1-24).

(C) Cain and Abel: The Tragedy move two main currents in
history: humanistic civilization and the rest of the redeemed
(Chapters 4-5; Gen. 4:1 – 5: 32).

(D) The Flood: World immemorial has been so nasty at times force
Noah that God destroys them by a universal flood,
saved Noah and his family right as the rest
(Chapters 6-10; Gen. 6:1 – 10: 32).

(E) The Tower of Babel: When the post-flood world united in worship
idolatry and rebellion, God dissolve their union
to confound the language and culture as well as the spread
mankind throughout the world (Article 11; Gen. 11:1-32).

2. Section 12-50 (Gen. 12:1 – 50: 26)
Notes the beginning of the Hebrews and focus on continuity of God’s redemptive purpose through four great patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. God’s call to Abraham (chapter 12; Gen. 12:1-20) and His treatment to Abraham and his descendants in connection with His agreement is a very important beginning of implementation God’s purpose of a Redeemer and redemption in history. Genesis ends with Joseph’s death and slavery will come in Egypt.

Typical characteristics
Genesis marks the seven main characteristics.

(1) Genesis is the first book written (maybe except Job), and
noted the beginning of human history, sin, the Hebrews, and redemption.

(2) History of Genesis covers a longer time period than
throughout the rest of the Bible, beginning with the first human pair,
grown to the history of pre-flood world, and then narrows
again in Hebrew history as the redemption flows traced
throughout the rest of the OT.

(3) Genesis states that the universe and life on this earth is
clearly the work of God and not a process separated from nature. Fifty
times in chapters 1-2 (Gen. 1:1 – 2: 25) God is the subject of the
work that shows what he has done as the Creator.

(4) Genesis tells the premiere events – the first marriage,
The first family, first born, first sin, first murder,
First polygamy figures, musical instruments first, the promise of redemption
The first, and so on.

(5) God’s covenant with Abraham, which began with the call
(Gen. 12:1-3), inaugurated in article 15 (Gen. 15:1-21) and
authorized in Article 17 (Gen. 17:1-27), is at the core of all

(6) Just Genesis explains the origin of the twelve tribes of Israel.

(7) Genesis states how Abraham ended up staying in
Egypt (over 430 years) and thus prepare for output,
The main events of the atonement in the Old Testament.

Fulfillment in the New Testament
Genesis states history and a prophecy Redeemer redemption would come through the seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15), through the descendants of Seth (Gen. 4:25-26), through the descendants of Shem (Gen. 9:26-27), and through the seed of Abraham (Gen. 12:3). Gen 12:3 PB apply directly at God’s provision for redemption in Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:16,29).
Many characters and events from Genesis referred to in the New Testament relating to faith and truth (eg, Rom 4:1, Heb 11:1-22), judgment by God (Eg, Luke 17:26-29,32; 2 Pet 3:6; Jude 1:7,11), and person of Christ (Eg, Matt 1:1, John 8:58, Hebrews 7:1).


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