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A. The first and last groups of 17 books are both divided into smaller groups of 5-9-3 books.
B. Between them (at the heart of the O.T.) are the 5 books which deal with the emotions of the human heart.
C. There were about 40 writers, covering more than 1500 years, writing for different purposes, with no idea about the collection of books (The “Canon”) which we now have.
D. Surely a Divine Hand was controlling – This is Revelation . (An “uncovering,” “opening up,” of the Mind of God.
PERIOD BOOKS DATE IMPT. MAN Beginning Gen.1-5 4004 B.C Adam Flood Gen. 6-11 2348 B.C Noah Patriarchal Gen. 12-50 1921 B.C. Abraham E. Bondage Ex. 1-15 1706 B.C. Joseph Wanderings Ex.16 – Deut.34 1491 B.C. Moses C. Canaan Joshua 1-24 1451 B.C. Joshua Judges Jud 1-1 Sam 8 1400 B.C. Samuel U.K. 1Sa.9 -1Ki.11 1095B.C. David Div. K. 1 Ki.12-2Ki.20 975 B.C. Elijah K. of Judah 2Ki. 21-25:7 722 B.C. Josiah Cap. Babylon 2Ki. 25:8 -21 607,587B.C. Daniel Rest. Jews Ez. Neh. Est. 537,517B.C. Zerubbabel Ez Neh
Are known as a unit in the Hebrew scriptures as the Torah (Law or Teaching)
In the Greek Septuagint known as the Pentateuch, penta meaning five and teuchos with its secondary meaning of fabric or a case for holding papyrus rolls, hence used for the roll or book itself. Thus meaning “fivefold volume,” this term being used since the 3 rd century A.D.
The Book of Genesis is not a Complete or universal history of the world or mankind
It is rather the first chapter in the history of the saving of mankind from sin and eternal loss.
Genesis in 12 Words :
4 Events: Creation, Sin, Flood, Nations
4 People: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph
Contribution of the Book of Genesis to the Bible:
It is the Foundation of ALL Bible history and doctrine.
This sweeping panorama from Eden to Ur to Haran to Canaan to Egypt covers more time than the rest of the Bible; and it introduces all that is to follow.
It helps us in the study of the Book of Revelation because the first 3 chapters of the Bible are so closely related to the last 3 chapters of the Bible.
GENESIS REVELATION In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth 1:1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth 21:1 The darkness he called night 1:5 There shall be no night there 21:25 God made the two great lights (sun and moon) 1:16 The city has no need of the sun or the moon 21:23 In the day you eat of it you shall surely die 2:17 And there shall no longer be any death 21:4 Satan appears as the deceiver of mankind 3:1 Satan disappears from the scene forever 20:10 A garden into which defilement entered 3:6-7 A city into which defilement will never enter 21:27 I will greatly multiply your pain 3:16 No longer any mourning, or crying, or pain 21:4 Cursed is the ground because of you 3:17 There shall no longer be any curse 22:3 They were driven from God’s presence 3:24 They shall see the face of Deity 22:4 Access to the tree of life disinherited in Adam 3:24 Access to the tree of life reinstated in Christ 22:14