Genesis 1:1-11; the Primeval History

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The Primeval History: Genesis 1-11 and it's Theme David Judson Old Testament & Its Context RS2003A Dr. Stephen Dempster December 1, 2011 Genesis 1-11, also known as Primeval History is the recorded text of the original creation of the earth, and all that we have.[i] Genesis 1-11 begins with the creation, followed by the fall, the story of Cain and Abel, the story of Noah and his sons, followed by the flood, then the tower of Babel, and ending with the line leading up to Abram/Abraham[ii]. These events in Genesis show an interesting chain of events. From a fall and expulsion from the garden, to a fruitful filling of the world, to a flood that destroys all except for Noah, then to a renewed world, and then to a spread all…show more content…
Before the first murder of Abel, Cain was not a wicked man, but Abel was also not righteous. Abel was not guilty of anything, but just a rivalry in a relationship of brothers, and Cain was turned into a wicked man for his actions.[xi] The story of Cain and Abel is not just an account of a sin. It shows the logical development of sin.[xii] The story of Noah from Genesis 6:9-11 represents the cleansing of the earth due to the sinful actions of man. The only man still right with God is Noah, and Noah is instructed to build an ark. This is due to a rapid increase in the wickedness that makes God sorry that he ever created humankind. The only man that finds favour in God's eyes is Noah.[xiii] Following this is the fall of the Tower of Babel. Genesis 11:6 says, “...The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them.” Based on the fact that the people would be able to do anything united meant that they would not turn to God to do such acts anymore.[xiv] In the modern world a united world is what the dream is for most countries, but even without that unity the world has lost it's focus on God anyway. This building of the Tower, and the unity of tongue is solved by the confusion of humanities tongue, and the spread of humanity across all the earth.[xv] The structure of Genesis 1-11 is based off of a 'per-literary and uncritical stage of society.' Smith states
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