Genesis: The Book of Beginning Authorship (3 of 54) by Stan Coffey

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Genesis: The Book of Beginning Authorship (3 of 54)
Series: Through the Bible Survey
Stan Coffey

AUTHORSHIP: Long before the first century A.D., Moses was declared the author of Genesis and Josephus, the first century Jewish historian accepted mosaic authorship. Furthermore, the eternal evidence of the entire Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, favors mosaic authorship (Exodus 17:14; 24:4-8; Deut. 31:9, 22). Its divine revelation and the fact that Moses is the author is authenticated by the testimony of Jesus in Matthew 5:17-30 and John 7:21-23.

DATE: 1445 BC to 1405 BC. Moses probably wrote this book after his experience at the burning bush (Ex.3:1-8), sometime between his 80th birthday and the closing years of the wilderness march.

THEME: The origin, development, and purpose of all things. Significantly, the major doctrines of Christianity appear in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. The word "Genesis" means "origin or source" and Genesis is the seed plot of the entire scripture. Almost every subject of major importance has its roots in Genesis.

I. THE CREATION - Genesis 1 and 2
A. The Origin of Creation - Gen. 1:1 - "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." Such is the wonder of the Word, it is both simple and sublime.
1. The Proof of God
The Bible makes no attempt to prove that there is a God. Genesis 1 is the most God-centered chapter in the Bible. The expression, "And God said" occurs 10 times.
B. The Principle of Creation
The expression, "after its kind" occurs 10 times in Genesis 1.
C. The Order of Creation
1. Beginning of creation begins with the coming of light, separation of the waters below from waters above, and emergence of the land masses beneath the ocean waves.
2. Continuation of creation continues with the creation of herbs, grasses, trees, fish and fowl, cattle, creeping things, and beasts.
3. The conclusion of c ...

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