HUM 1 Lecture
Genesis foundation of entire bible, constant references back to Genesis: whole bible is
its own tradition
Has it’s own overall structure
Steven Langton divided the bible into chapters
Ch.1-11 prologue: Creation stories 1-6, Noah 7-10, Babel 11
3 cycles of stories: Abraham (12-25), Isaac (25-35), Jacob/Israel (37-50)
Narrative portions, dialogue (form of drama), history (as they knew it, a
Overall theme unifies the work: trouble, multiply, never going to be easy.
Ch 2.4 “these are the generations…” diction same as beginning of family history
God telling Adam and Eve to multiply, sexual act important to the world. Adam
Having families central to human life: Cain and Abel
Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel all are barren for most of their lives, troubles that it
entails to raise a family
Noah ch. 6 when man started to multiply evil come to place, sex central act, done
incorrectly God finds this to be evil
Sex: good and bad. Good, familys. Bad: hastily, sexual deviants, God brings the
Ch. 12, 25 36 critical moment, intros new family stories of larger story of man
2 creation stories: creates heaven, etc.; man is created first. Beget need food,
garden, then man names animals (symbol of mans superiority), then woman
Adam rib, man is given everything food rules over the animals, Tree of
knowledge (knowledge of good and evil), temptation with serpent to gain the
knowledge of the tree which is inevitable, expulsion from garden because in
garden, tree of life is eaten gives immortality.
Tree is central to morally good universe
Eating the fruit is a moral act consistent to the nature of creations
Required by nature to eat that fruit, but disobedient.
Man remains ignorant of evil, can’t cause is the image of God.
man superior of animals
God keeps away a guard to the Garden of Eden with tree of life
Troubles between families: Cain and Abel jealousy, shepards and farmers
Sacrifice, offering Abel has a favored one. Younger takes precedents
over the older, unusual.
Noah, first covenant (1
Tells to do something
Then seals the deal with an amazing act (rainbow sign of deal never
again to flood world)
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