The Book of Genesis

More words about Genesis

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What is the purpose of telling us about the beginning of the world? "Because that's what happened." That would hardly be a purpose worthy of a sacred text. Instead, it tells us who created the world (God) and defines the goodness of that creation and human's place in the original plan of God and human place now in the fallen world.

Chapter 1 - 11: the prehistory
1:1-14 Creation
1:26-8 Image of God
2:8 - 3:6 Temptation and expulsion

Chapter 12 - 36: Abraham and his descendents

Chapter 37 - 50: Jacob

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