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In the Beginning
  • Jews, Christians, and pagan historians agree that Moses is the author of Genesis and the book was written to preserve the historical background of Israel as well as making a record of the creator, creation, sin, redemption, and God's first dealings with man.  They also agree that Moses is the author of the first 5 books of the Bible.

  • Genesis is divided into two major segments: Chapters 1-11 cover four major events and Chapters 12-50 cover four major people.  

  • What and who are they?  Come your Bible and STUDY...don't simply read!

  • The Bible is the written Word of God.  There are two major sections to the Bible.  They are the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Genesis is located in the OT.  There are four divisions of the Old Testament books: Law, History, Poetry, and Prophecy. The four divisions to the New Testament books are: Gospels, History, Letters, and Prophecy but more on the New Testament books later.

  • There are five books of Law. They are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  Hint - you really need to know this! Was that already mentioned?
  • The books of Law (again?) span a period of 600 years and were all written by Moses.  Yes, the end of Deuteronomy deals with the death of Moses so it is believed that Joshua probably added that part in order to round out that section.
  • Who were the following: Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Enoch, Esau, Jacob (Israel), Abraham, Issac, and Joseph?
  • You cannot rush your study.  It is not unusual for one to take an entire day (or longer) to grasp the meaning of a single sentence or two...or even four seemingly simple words like...In the beginning God...! Spiritual maturity is a slow process and it is not easy. Spiritual maturity is possible, worth the effort, calming, healing, and pleasing to God!

Come your Bible and STUDY...don't simply read this!  You MUST understand Genesis or the rest of the Bible will not make sense to you.  Take time to really think about what you are reading this time.  God has an incredible reward for those that are willing to seriously embark on their spiritual journey!  That personal journey is why we are here and why we were created to begin with!  Study Genesis and never have to ask yourself again why you were born and for what purpose are you on this huge spinning rock out in space.

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