Genesis is the first book of the part of the Bible Christians call the Old Testament and Jews call the Tanakh. It is likely the most well known book of the Old Testament, although its length makes it one of the more difficult books to read all the way through.
Bible Stories from Genesis
Genesis includes some of the best-known Bible stories, including:
- The two creation stories (the seven days of creation, Adam and Eve)
- Cain and Abel
- The flood and Noah's ark
- The tower of Babel
- The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
- Abraham told to sacrifice his son Isaac
- Jacob sold into slavery by his brothers
- Jacob interprets the pharaoh's dreams
Gen 1 and 2
These really do need to be discussed together as they are the creation of the Heaven and Earth. It is clearly two stories combined. Gen 2 almost completely disregards the events of Gen 1.
Gen 2:19 "And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name thereof."
This of course contradicts Gen 1:24 "And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth after their kind: and it was so"
In Gen 1 God simply makes Adam and Eve in his own image quite cool really, no fuss, "poof!" we have man, in Gen 2, there is a big carry on with dirt and ribs and stuff, I guess Gen 1 just did not make woman inferior to man enough.
There are more contradictions in both chapters, and things that make no sense, for example: light before the sun and the stars. And a really big puzzle, where did God live before he created heaven?
In Genesis 3 the snake reveals the truth to Eve. For this he is banished to eat dust, woman will have pain during child birth and man will have to go work in the fields and they all got kicked out of the Garden of Eden. They really fouled it up for the rest of us.
In Genesis there is no mention of the snake being Satan, maybe in other books this occurs, but in Genesis it is just a talking snake/serpent.
Gen 3:9 to 11
Here we have god asking questions of Adam and Eve. Right there in the third chapter of the first book of the bible. Why later on did the Vatican think they could pass god off as all knowing? Yes it could be argued that this is God testing Adam and Eve, but was not that pointless, they had already failed the "Do not eat from that tree, you will die" test.
Gen 3:14 "And Jehovah God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life." We all know snakes eat insects, rodents, and the occasional human amongst other things, dust is clearly off the menu.
Gen 3:24 This is where creationist surely have gotten one over science, with all our satellites, spy planes, expeditions, adventurers etc... we still have not found the flaming sword, science has failed.