Purpose of this Session
Genesis – the first book in our Bible, is a reliable historical document, inspired by the Spirit of Truth Himself. It accurately describes our origins and early events that have shaped the world that we experience today.
“Genesis”: A Greek term meaning origin, source, birth or beginning.
The following information is largely drawn from Nelson’s Complete Book of Maps and Charts
The Author of Genesis
The book of Genesis was composed and written by Moses. Although liberal “scholarship” has sought to undermine this traditional and scriptural view of Genesis and its authorship, both Old and New Testaments repeatedly testify to the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible)
(eg. Josh 1:7; Dan 9:11-13; Luke 16:29; John 7:19; Acts 26:22; Rom 10:19).
In writing the book of Genesis, Moses most likely utilized older written and oral traditions, as well as material directly revealed to him by God. Moses was trained in the “wisdom of the Egyptians” (Acts 7:22), providentially prepared to understand, interpret and arrange all the available material and, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, compose this most important of books. This probably took place during the years of wilderness wandering (c.1446-1406 BC).
Some of the accounts that Moses may have utilised are family records of God's chosen line of people and their offspring. They may have and included written material handed down from patriarchal fathers such as Noah, Shem, Seth and even Adam himself.
Upon viewing the genealogies related in Genesis 5 and 11 we discover that, because of hugely different life expectancy in the early world, Adam could have been personally known even up to Noah’s father, and could have personally related his memories of God’s perfect world in Eden and the subsequent events recorded in the earliest chapters of Genesis. Indeed, the “Creation Hymn” of Genesis 1:1-2:3 most probably was personally narrated to Adam by the Father Himself as they walked in the garden together in the “cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8). [See Illustration 1: Age of the patriarchs]
The structure of Genesis
Genesis is built around eleven separate units, the introductory “hymn of creation” followed by ten sections, each headed with the phrase “the generations…”.
i. The Creation Hymn 1:1-2:3
ii. The generations of Heaven and earth 2:4-4:26
iii. The generations of Adam 5:1-6:8
iv. The generations of Noah 6:9-9:28
v. The generations of the sons of Noah 10:1-11:9
vi. The generations of Shem 11:10-26
vii. The generations of Terah 11:27-25:11
viii.The generations of Ishmael 25:12-18
ix. The generations of Isaac 25:19-35:29
x. The generations of Esau 36:1-43
xi. The generations of Jacob 37:2-50:26