Scripture Servy: Genesis Chapters 1-11
Extent Of Time;From the Beginning to about 2000 B.C.
Genesis 1-11 is introductory to the whole Bible. In spite of its brevity, this section covers a longer span of time than the rest of the Old Testament----that , Adam to Malachi. Throughout the scriptures are numerous references that amplify and expound the meaning of this brief section. These chapters are essential to a proper understanding of the whole written revelation.
This introduction is vital to the rest of Genesis and to the other four books of the Pentateuch. Beginning with Genesis 12, God's promise of redemption is focused on Abraham and his family. Exodus through Deuteronomy describes an established nation under Moses` leadership, growing out of the descendants of the patriarchs. Moses, who was intimately associated with the events and laws recorded in these four books, is recognized throughout the Bible as the author of the five books called the Pentateuch. Both written and oral sources available to Moses may have provided him with the basic material for Israel's history as recorded in Genesis. Consequently, the book of Genesis is properly regarded as Moses` introduction to the rest of the Pentateuch (cf. Gen. 17:12; John 7:23).
The period of beginnings as follows:
The account of creation Genesis 1:1-2:25
The universe and its contents 1:1-2;4a
Mans in his first dwelling place 2:4b-25
The Fall and its consequences 3:1-6:10
Man's disobedience and expulsion 3:1-24
Cain and Able 4:25-6:10
The flood: God's judgment on man 6:11-8:19
Preparation for the flood 6:11-22
The Deluge 7:1-8:19
Man's new beginning 8:20-11:32
The covenant with Noah 8:20-9:19
Noah and his sons 9:20-10:32
The tower of Babel 11:1-9
Shem and his descendants 11;10-32