2 Three Narrative Cycles 1. Chapters 1-11: Primeval History2. Chapters 12-36: Ancestral Stories3. Chapters 37-50: Story of Joseph
3 Primeval HistoryThe Deity seems ambivalent towards his creation, willing to destroy it
4 Covenant With Noah The “sign” of the covenant is the rainbow “I set my [rain] bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of every kind.”Genesis 9:13-15
5 Noah’s SonsThree Principle Branches of the Human Family known to Ancient Hebrews1. Ham (from Ham come the Egyptians)2. Shem (from Shem come the Semitic peoples)3. Japheth (from Japheth come the Aegean people—Greeks)
6 Tower of Babel Genesis 11 An etiological account It attempts to account for the many languages of humansIt recalls human ambition and divine retribution as appeared in the expulsion from Eden
7 Ancestral StoriesChapters trace the stories of Abraham and Sarah, progenitors of future Israel, and their colorful descendants through four turbulent generations.It opens with God’s call to Abraham in Haran, and ends with his great-grandchildren—Joseph and his eleven brothers—settled in Egypt.
8 The journey of Abraham and his progeny outline the geography of the Biblical world
9 Genesis 15:18-21 Covenant with Abraham Boundaries of the “Promised Land”“that day Yahweh made a Covenant with Abram in these terms: ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the wadi of Egypt to the Great River, the river Euphrates . . .”
10 Promised Land Covenant with Abraham Scholars believe that because Israel’s frontiers did not reach that extent until the reigns of David and Solomon (1000 BCE) that this form of the promises cannot be dated to Abraham, but many centuries later.
11 Twelve Tribes of Israel Joseph and his eleven brothers are the eponymous founders of the twelve tribesEponymous means ‘name giving’The names of the Twelve Tribes come from Joseph and his brothers(Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph (later divided into Ephraim and Manassah), Benjamin, Gad, Ashur, Dan, Naphtali)
12 From Chapter 12The rest of Genesis focuses on the ancestors of a single nation, Israel—as opposed to all of humankindFrom Chapter 12 there is a new phase in the divine-human relationshipIn primeval history, God and human relationship is adversarialBy Genesis 12, Yahweh displays great flexibility with humans
13 Covenant With AbrahamGenesis has four different versions of a covenant between God and AbrahamGenesis 12:2-3 Genesis 15:1-21 Genesis 17: 1-22 Genesis 22:15-18
14 “Sign” Covenant with Abraham Genesis 17:11“You shall circumcise your foreskin, and this shall be the sign of the Covenant between myself and you.”The ritual was not widely observed until much later in Israel’s history. Moses was unaware of the practice. And before invading Canaan, Joshua ordered his troops to submit to mass circumcision, a practice with which they were apparently unfamiliarJoshua 5:2-7
15 Rebekah marries Isaac Chapter 24 She follows the servant out of Mesopotamia to marry IsaacShe gives birth to twins, first-born Esau, and JacobShe deceives Isaac into giving his blessing to JacobShe has a major role in Israel’s destiny
16 JacobJacob personifies the character of Israel: strengths and weaknesses, and a dynamic relationship with GodHe undergoes powerful life-changing experiencesIn one, Jacob encounters God at Bethel
17 Theophany A visible or perceptible appearance of the Deity to humans In Genesis, appears more frequently to more individuals than in any other book of the BibleChapter 28:10-22
18 Wrestling with GodJacob is attacked in the night—the night before he is to encounter EsauNeither Jacob nor the assailant is successfulIn the dawn, Jacob recognizes his opponent at “I have seen God face to face ” 32:30Henceforth, Jacob is Israel, the one who has “striven with God [El] and with humans, and has prevailed”
19 New identityInstead of being Jacob, the “supplanter” he his now Israel—like his name sake the nation, locked in a complex relationship with God
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