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Introduction to the Old Testament and Pentateuch
Religion and Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
(1) Outline the contents of the three sections into which the book of Genesis is divided. The book of Genesis which is both the first book in the Old Testament of the Bible and the first book of the Pentateuch consists of three sections through which are chronicled God’s creation of the world and God’s chosen patriarchs and matriarchs who were tasked with the divine mission of executing his purpose on Earth for mankind at the time.
This section significantly covered the origin and fall of man beginning in the time of Adam and Eve then Noah and the Great Flood up to the tower of Babel – the moment the Lord confused the language of the whole world. Section II (Genesis 12 – 36) conveys the narrative of the patriarchs and matriarchs from Abraham and Sarah to Isaac and Rebecca then later descendants in Jacob who married Leah and Rachel. In this section, God’s covenant with Abraham is made known – the Covenant of Circumcision, where God spoke to Abraham and told him that he would become the father of many nations. The destruction of the sinful cities Sodom and Gomorrah by two of God’s angels as well as how Jacob obtained the name Israel are accounted for herein. Section III (Genesis 37, 39 - 50) initiates with the story of Joseph and his dreams and the moment his brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites from whom Potiphar bought him in Egypt. This narrative further includes Joseph’s journey in Egypt, his prosperity through the Pharaoh whose dreams he satisfactorily interpreted, and the time when he revealed himself to his brothers. ...
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