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
Genesis: Some questions and criticisms of the chapters and verses.
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.
Gen 4:1 "And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man with [the help of] Jehovah." How did God Help? Did he explain the "Birds and Bees" to Adam?
Gen 4:2-7 God is so playing favourites, no wonder Cain Slays able in Gen4:8.
Gen 4:9 "And Jehovah said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?" Again, why did the Vatican think God was "All Knowing"
Gen 4:14 "Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the ground; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth; and it will come to pass, that whosoever findeth me will slay me." What was Cain worried about? Who was going to findeth him, according to the bible there was only him and his parents.
From Gen 4:16 "land of Nod" Where the heck did the "Land of Nod" come from, nowhere does it say "God planted a garden eastward, in Eden, next to Nod" As there is no other people, why have a place called Nod? Is Nod mentioned again? Did Nod have a nice garden?
Gen 4:17 "And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch."
Where did Cain get a wife? Why Build a city for 3 people?
Gen 4:18 - 24 A lot of begetting, about six generations worth, and some more slaying, and then a need to avenge and slay seventy and sevenfold, which would be way more than the [then] current population of Earth.
Gen 4:25,26 This has to be looked at in context with Gen 5:1 - 3. In the first part of Gen 4:25 "And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son," However in Gen 5:3 Adam is a hundred and thirty when he begets Seth, and only now he knows his wife again? That has to be proof Adam was super human, 130 years without intercourse. Wow. In Gen 4 Cain and Able are mentioned, in Gen 5 Seth is mentioned only. This seems to add to the evidence of more than one creation myth at play.