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Understanding the Bible, Genesis notes

by: Margaret Hovis

Understanding the Bible, Genesis notes REL 1010

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These notes cover the ideas stated in the book of Genesis, chapters 1-11.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Margaret Hovis on Wednesday September 21, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to REL 1010 at Belmont University taught by Amy Violette in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see Understanding the Bible in Theology at Belmont University.

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Date Created: 09/21/16
Margaret Hovis August 29, 2016 Genesis 1-11  What did the text say? o The text first provides the reader with information on the creation story and the Sabbath. After God’s creation of the first man and woman, original sin is experienced and thus produces multiple accounts of sin and harm done unto God’s creation. The text also describes God’s covenant with Noah and God’s plan to save humanity by sending down a great flood. Thus, Genesis 1-11 describes the beginning of the world as we know it, and why we still experience original sin today.  Who are the major characters? o An explanation of the major characters in this text begins first and foremost with God. Then the reader is introduced to the creation of the first man and woman, and their descendants, Cain and Abel. The text follows Cain and Abel’s descendants all the way up unto Adam, and then eventually Noah. Once the great flood occurs, Noah and his descendants are the characters that will subsequently repopulate the Earth.  Who is the intended audience? o I believe that the intended audience of this text is all of humanity. God is giving us knowledge of exactly how and why we were created, and how we are to give glory to God for His creation of the world. I think that anyone who is looking to learn more about the creation of the universe and humanity, as well as an explanation of sin, should read Genesis 1-11 in order to understand more fully where it all began.  What did you learn about God in this text? o In this text, I learned that God is the beginning and the end of all creation and that we were created purely out of love for each other. This is one of my favorite excerpts from the Bible because it introduces God to us in a way in which we can relate. It taught me that God is the father of all creation and we were created in order to give and receive love.  What did you not like about this text? o The things that I do not like about this text are the extreme and harsh ways in which God is occasionally depicted. When I think of God, I think of an all powerful, ever loving Father, and at times throughout this reading I am under the impression is angry towards humanity. Although I understand the context of this anger and sometime harsh consequences, I still do not enjoy reading about it.  Why what I read is important o I believe that what I read is important because it provides us with a clear and accurate description of how we were all created. It also provides us with a relatable explanation of original sin and how it came to be, and I think this is very important because many people do not understand the original sin and why it exists. I think this text is a universal way of telling humanity how and why we came to be.


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