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  • We’re going to learn how to read the Bible as a story with a beginning, middle, and end
  • We have the repetition of most all the main events of the Gen 3 scene after the account of the sin.The are repeated in the same order with the exception of 4:7Of all the repetitions, 4:7 is the most obvious repetition, it is word for word the same constructions changing only the appropriate pronouns, and it contains a word that occurs only 3 times in Scripture.
  • In this chapter we have the seed of Eve which we expect to help us return to creation rest. Cain as the firstborn seed of Eve is the most eligible to serve as the seed through which we should expect a return to Eden. But instead of returning Cain is taking us further away both because he himself is unrighteous and is expelled further from the garden and is thus disqualified as the seed of Gen 3:15 and because he has killed Abel who is righteous and so eligible to serves as the seed of the line of promise. Though righteousness is not mentioned here explicitly, it is certainly a part of the narrative and this narrative becomes a paradigm for the rest of the book. First it starts several themes that become important. The destruction of the seed due to unrighteous behavior, the non-preference of the primogeniture, conflict between brothers, and the threat to the survival of the seed.
  • Three episodes related by a movement from tension to resolution.Every Saturday morning since we we’re married 15 years ago we’ve made my aunt’s famous pancake recipe breakfast. It’s kind of a ritual in our family. Well this year on the Friday before Easter we colored eggs with our kids. On Saturday, when we went to make our pancake recipe, the one we’ve been making every Saturday for 15 years, we discovered that we forgot to set aside two eggs for our pancakes. So I said, don’t worry, I’ll go to the store and be back in 30 minutes. So as long as I was going to the story my wife gave me three other things to pick up from the store. So I went to the store and got everything but the eggs. Just as I came to the dairy aisle I met John, we chatted for a couple of minutes and for some reason I had it in my head that I had already gotten the eggs. So I checked out went home and my wife opens up the bag and with this irritated voice says, “OK Where are the eggs?”That was the first time in 15 years that we had cereal for breakfast on Saturday.
  • Green is the line of promise, red the line not of promiseThree dashes are linear genealogiesAsterisk denotes narratives< denotes a segmented genealogyOnce we get to Abraham, the seed of promise is denoted as being inside or outside the land of rest/blessing (Ishmael and Esau are outside the promised land, location is also associated with Shem, Ham, and Japeth, so for every seed not of promise the location is important, and more so once the land is promised to Abraham)Note that we have one תוֹלְדוֹת followed by three sets of three תוֹלְדוֹת followed by a final תוֹלְדוֹת.In the middle, the first two begin with genealogies that trace the seed, this is not necessary for the third because there is no genealogy to trace from Abraham to Isaac. The next in the sequence is the narrative portion (Noah and the flood narrative, Terah and the Abraham narrative, Isaac and the Jacob narratives). The narrative portion is the most important portion of the תוֹלְדוֹת section as seen by the fact that each section contains a narrative portion. This is the core of the section. Also, the narrative portion traces the line of promise. Each section ends with a genealogy that traces the line not of promise with the exception of the first and the last. Also the third of the three center sections ends with two Esau genealogies. This may be to fill out the pattern established by the first two.
  • Green is the line of promise, red the line not of promiseThree dashes are linear genealogiesAsterisk denotes narratives< denotes a segmented genealogyOnce we get to Abraham, the seed of promise is denoted as being inside or outside the land of rest/blessing (Ishmael and Esau are outside the promised land, location is also associated with Shem, Ham, and Japeth, so for every seed not of promise the location is important, and more so once the land is promised to Abraham)Note that we have one תוֹלְדוֹת followed by three sets of three תוֹלְדוֹת followed by a final תוֹלְדוֹת.In the middle, the first two begin with genealogies that trace the seed, this is not necessary for the third because there is no genealogy to trace from Abraham to Isaac. The next in the sequence is the narrative portion (Noah and the flood narrative, Terah and the Abraham narrative, Isaac and the Jacob narratives). The narrative portion is the most important portion of the תוֹלְדוֹת section as seen by the fact that each section contains a narrative portion. This is the core of the section. Also, the narrative portion traces the line of promise. Each section ends with a genealogy that traces the line not of promise with the exception of the first and the last. Also the third of the three center sections ends with two Esau genealogies. This may be to fill out the pattern established by the first two.
  • Green is the line of promise, red the line not of promiseThree dashes are linear genealogiesAsterisk denotes narratives< denotes a segmented genealogyOnce we get to Abraham, the seed of promise is denoted as being inside or outside the land of rest/blessing (Ishmael and Esau are outside the promised land, location is also associated with Shem, Ham, and Japeth, so for every seed not of promise the location is important, and more so once the land is promised to Abraham)
  • 03 the beginning of genesis

    1. 1. The Beginning of Genesis<br />
    2. 2. Introduction<br />The Beginning of the Bible (Gen 1-3)<br />The Beginning of Genesis (Gen 3-4)<br />The Middle (Gen 12, 15, 17)<br />The End (Gen 38)<br />
    3. 3. Tension  Resolution<br />Can we return to the creation-temple?<br />
    4. 4. Chiasm in Genesis 3<br />
    5. 5. Genesis 1-2: The Heaven and the Earth, tree of life<br />Genesis 3: The fall (the woman, the serpent, the seed)<br />Rev 12: The Messiah (the woman, the serpent, the seed)<br />Rev 21-22: New Heaven and New Earth, the tree of life<br />
    6. 6.
    7. 7.
    8. 8.
    9. 9. Genesis 4 Themes<br /><ul><li>Non-preference for the first born
    10. 10. Conflict between brothers
    11. 11. Unrighteousness leading to destruction
    12. 12. Threat to the survival of the seed of promise
    13. 13. Cursing (and blessing)
    14. 14. Banishment—living outside the land of rest
    15. 15. The persistence of sin from one generation to the next (like father, like son)</li></li></ul><li>The plot of Genesis:<br />Will the seed survive?<br />Will the seed be righteous?<br />
    16. 16. Return to the creation temple<br />(through the seed)<br />Will the seed be righteous?<br />Will the seed survive?<br />
    17. 17. תּוֹלְדוֹת<br />
    18. 18.
    19. 19.
    20. 20. Beginning<br />Gen 1-4<br />Heaven and Earth<br />Adam<br />Noah<br />S, H, J<br />Shem<br />Terah<br />Middle<br />Gen 5-36<br />Ishmael<br />Isaac<br />Esau (2x)<br />End<br />Gen 37-50<br />Jacob<br />

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