God, a spirit hovering over an empty, watery void, creates the world by speaking into the darkness and calling into being light, sky, land, vegetation, and living creatures over the course of six days. God places the two people, Adam and Eve, in the idyllic garden of Eden, encouraging them to procreate and to enjoy the created world fully, and forbidding them to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve shares the fruit with Adam, and the two are immediately filled with shame and remorse. While walking in the garden, God discovers their disobedience.
It is clear from Genesis that God is calling out an elect people, the seed of the woman, and separating them to Himself to bring them back into relationship with Him, to reestablish His rule through them, to bless them, and to bless others through them. In this context of developing covenant-relationship four major theological themes stand out: While fulfillment may not always be complete, the point of theological concern is not to be placed on the degree of fulfillment but on the kind of fulfillment.
The promise of a great nation A recurring promise that God made to Abraham was to make him into a great nation cf. The fulfillment of this promise is seen in Exodus 1: The fulfillment of this prophecy is recorded in Exodus 1: The revelation of God The revelation of the person of God is paramount throughout the book.
He is the One who controls history chapter 1 ; He revealed Himself in a name which, though not new, takes on new meaning 3: The revelation of God through His names One of the characteristics of the biblical revelation is that it reveals God by His names.
The name of God revealed in Genesis There God revealed Himself as El Shaddai commonly translated as "God Almighty"a name that is derived from a Hebrew term that means "mountain. This name was applied to God in the Book of Genesis but without explanation. The understanding of the four letters written in the Hebrew text has been the subject of much debate.
This controversy, however, seems to be over the meaning of the name as determined from etymological implications, that is, based on the implications of meaning from the Hebrew verb "to be," the stem from which the name is derived.
Some take it with a present active sense and understand it to mean "I am" referring to God as the active, self-existent One. Others take it with a future sense and understand it to mean "I will be what I will be.
But the Book of Exodus goes beyond this implication of meaning which was made known through the events in Genesis, to incorporate new traits. Thus, although the patriarchs knew the name Yahweh and referred to God by it, they nevertheless did not know its full significance.
In His relationship with Israel, Yahweh is His memorial-name to all generations 3: In the Book of Exodus God is revealed as compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and truth, keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; yet as punishing the guilty, and visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generation Exodus reveals God who acts to execute judgment upon Egypt for the evil it committed in afflicting His chosen people with hard labor and bondage, and for its worshiping false gods.
Exodus further reveals God who acts to deliver His chosen people from Egypt, and to bring them into covenant-relationship with Himself.
The Book of Exodus reveal God who carries out His actions, first, on the basis of the promises He made to Abraham, and then, on the basis of the Law He stipulated as part of the covenant He made with His chosen people. The revelation of Yahweh as the sovereign God: The Book of Exodus reveal God who though outside of the Creation nevertheless is involved in and with the Creation.
With the cutting of the covenant at Mount Sinai, God is revealed as acting sovereignly in history as He localizes His presence on earth in the midst of Israel, first in the pillar of cloud, and then in the Tabernacle.
The revelation of Yahweh as the God of judgment: When Moses and Aaron appeared before Pharaoh, their goal was to secure the release of the Israelites from Egypt.
God had heard the cries of His elect people and was going to deliver them from the land of their enslavement. Since Pharaoh would not listen to Moses 5: These miracles are called "mighty acts of judgment" in 6: God had blessed Egypt through Joseph, but later pharaohs took advantage of the sons of Israel without just cause and reduced them to slaves see, Wolf To Israel, this was a demonstration that the One calling them to Himself as their God was not "a local deity" but the one true God who rules over all mankind and over all nature.
The judgments that Yahweh effected on Egypt may be understood as judgment upon the their gods and goddesses 2 as well to reveal their impotence and to show that the God of Israel is the one true God.Rated 5 out of 5 by Peako from Genesis Review I enjoyed the literary analysis of the Book of Genesis, and the professor did a nice job mixing textual analysis with historical context.
My one critique is that he sometimes presented the intent of the author or understanding of the ancient Israelite audience with an unwarranted amount of certainty. Literary Forms and Biblical Interpretation Literary Forms and Biblical Interpretation.
by Brian H The answer to that last question must be “yes,” since the entire book of Genesis is written in the form of history. Prev ious Article Analysis of Barry Hall’s Research of the E.
coli ebg Operon Next Article The Genesis of Methicillin. The underlying thematic logic of Genesis, having shaped each of the sources as well as their redaction, endows Genesis with a certain type of “unity,” and this thematic unity makes possible an episodic reading of Genesis that avoids the pitfalls of a linear and continuous reading for its plot This approach is not meant to ward off source.
The “Fall” - A Second Look A Literary Analysis of Genesis as well as the setting within the book of Genesis (literary context). This suggests that the literary context, the flow of thought of the surrounding material, actually helps define and give meaning to single stories within that larger context.
Literary Analysis. The Book of Genesis opens the Hebrew Bible with the story of creation.
God, a spirit hovering over an empty, watery void, creates the world by speaking into the darkness and calling into being light, sky, land, vegetation, and living creatures over the course of six days.
Each day, he pauses to. Get this from a library! The Lord of the dreams: a semantic and literary analysis of Genesis [Ron Pirson] -- A fascinating and highly original new look at the Joseph-narrative which relies a good deal on syntactic and semantic analyses.
Pirson shows that there .