Genesis

This book covers the Hebrew Patriarchs, from Adam down to Joseph. Geographically, it begins in Eden, takes place mostly in the region in and around Canaan, and ends with the Israelite migration into Egypt. This is where many of the Old Testament’s most well-known stories can be found, such as Creation, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • [Addition: Sections of Genesis.]
  • Genesis 1: The first Creation story.
  • Genesis 2: The second Creation story.
  • Genesis 3: The Fall. Adam and Eve are punished and sent out of Eden.
  • [Addition: Some thoughts on the symbolism of Eden.]
  • Genesis 4: Cain slays his brother, Abel. Cain is cursed.
  • [Addition: Parallels of the Cain and Abel story in other Near Eastern myths.]
  • Genesis 5: Genealogy of the sons of Adam.
  • Genesis 6: God judges humanity and decides to destroy everything with a flood. He will spare Noah.
  • Genesis 7: The Flood begins. Noah gets all the animals into the ark.
  • Genesis 8: The Flood ends, the ark touches down.
  • [Addition: Some Flood math.]
  • [Addition: More on the two Flood stories.]
  • Genesis 9: God makes a covenant with Noah, and Noah curses his grandson.
  • Genesis 10: Genealogy of the sons of Noah.
  • Genesis 11: The tower of Babel.
  • Genesis 12: Abraham prostitutes his wife, Sarah, in Egypt.
  • Genesis 13: Abraham and Lot split up. Lot goes to live in Sodom.
  • Genesis 14: Lot is taken captive and Abraham rescues him.
  • Genesis 15: Abraham talks to God. He is promised a lot of land, but his descendants will be slaves first.
  • Genesis 16: Abraham gets his slave, Hagar, pregnant. She gives birth to Ishmael.
  • Genesis 17: In exchange for the promise of future land, God demands that Abraham and his household get circumcised.
  • Genesis 18: God reveals his plan to destroy Sodom and Abraham tries to talk him out of it.
  • Genesis 19: The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Genesis 20: Abraham prostitutes his wife, Sarah, in Gerar.
  • Genesis 21: Abraham abandons Hagar, then makes a deal with Abimelech.
  • Genesis 22: On God’s instruction, Abraham tries to murder his son, Isaac.
  • Genesis 23: Sarah dies and Abraham buys a burial plot.
  • Genesis 24: Abraham gets a wife for Isaac.
  • Genesis 25: Genealogy of Abraham and Isaac’s sons, Jacob and Esau, fight over their inheritance.
  • [Addition: On the similarities between Abraham and Moses.]
  • Genesis 26: Isaac lies about his marriage to Abimelech, and then they form a treaty. Esau gets married.
  • Genesis 27: Jacob lies to Isaac and steals from Esau.
  • Genesis 28: Jacob dreams of God.
  • Genesis 29: Jacob finds a wife (or two).
  • Genesis 30: The rivalry between Rachel and Leah continues, prompting both to give their handmaids to Jacob to rape.
  • [Addition: A note on keeping a biblical genealogy.]
  • Genesis 31: Jacob steals a bunch of Laban’s stuff and runs away.
  • Genesis 32: Jacob worries about being attacked by Esau and then wrestles with God (and wins!).
  • Genesis 33: Jacob and Esau make peace.
  • Genesis 34: Dinah is raped and avenged by her brothers.
  • Genesis 35: Rachel and Isaac die, Benjamin is born, and Reuben boinks his step-mom.
  • Genesis 36: Genealogy of Esau and list of chiefs of Edom.
  • Genesis 37: Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers.
  • Genesis 38: Judah mistakes his daughter-in-law, Tamar, for a prostitute and sleeps with her.
  • Genesis 39: Joseph’s success, temptation, and imprisonment in Egypt.
  • Genesis 40: Joseph interprets the dreams of his fellow prisoners.
  • Genesis 41: God creates mass starvation, probably resulting in many deaths, so that Joseph can make a good impression with his new boss.
  • Genesis 42: Joseph’s revenge on his brothers begins.
  • Genesis 43: Jacob/Israel’s sons return to Egypt with Benjamin.
  • Genesis 44: Joseph plays a gag on his brothers by accusing them of theft.
  • Genesis 45: Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and sends for his father to join them in Egypt.
  • Genesis 46: Jacob/Israel and his family move into Egypt. Genealogy given.
  • [Addition: A note on biblical poetic styles.]
  • Genesis 47: Joseph uses God’s famine to create a system of Big Government in Egypt.
  • [Addition: Finding evidence for the story of Joseph outside the Bible.]
  • Genesis 48: Jacob/Israel adopts and blesses Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
  • Genesis 49: All the tribes of Israel are named and described.
  • [Addition: More issues in verifying the historicity of the Bible’s stories.]
  • Genesis 50: Jacob/Israel is buried. Joseph forgives his brothers and then dies.
  • [Addition: Closing thoughts on Genesis.]

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