by John Barnett

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Overview of Genesis 1-10 (3 of 13)
Series: The Brave New World
John Barnett
Genesis 8-11

Our Bibles begin at Genesis looking into Eternity past as God the Creator speaks all of creation into existence. The conclusion of Creation is the fashioning from dirt a creature made in the very image of God. As the crowning point of His creation, we as humans are offered eternal fellowship and communion with God our Creator
Genesis lays the foundations for most major Bible Doctrines: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, man, sin, redemption, covenant, promise, Satan and angels, kingdom, revelation, Israel, judgment, and blessing.

The literary structure of Genesis is built on the frequently recurring phrase "the history/genealogy of" and is the basis for the following outline.

1. The Creation of Heaven and Earth (1:1-2:3) and then The Generations of the Heavens and the Earth (2:4–4:26)
2. The Generations of Adam (5:1–6:8)
3. The Generations of Noah (6:9–9:29)
4. The Generations of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (10:1–11:9)
5. The Generations of Shem: Genealogy of Shem to Terah (11:10–26)
6. The Generations of Terah (11:27–25:11)
7. The Generations of Ishmael (25:12–18)
8. The Generations of Isaac (25:19–35:29)
9. The Generations of Esau (36:1–37:1)
10. The Generations of Jacob (37:2–50:26)

Dr. Griffith-Thomas in his excellent book Methods of Bible Study suggests that the OT is a book of:
• unfulfilled prophecies
• unexplained ceremonies
• unsatisfied longings

In the NT we have the fulfillment of these prophecies, the explanation of these ceremonies, and the satisfying of these longings; and, of course, all of this was accomplished through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.[1]

One final theme of both theological and historical significance sets Genesis apart from other books of Scripture, in that the first book of Scripture corresponds closely with the final book. In the book of Revelation, the pa ...

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