The Book Of Genesis : A Historical Narrative

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The book of Genesis is a historical narrative. Old Testament narratives serve two main purposes: (1) to chart the ongoing progress of salvation history, and (2) to provide illustrations of God’s nature and purpose and the appropriate responses of the people to God’s purpose (Fee and Stuart, How to read the Bible for all its worth, 2014) There a few main things to remember when reading Old Testament narratives; as the reader need to recognize the levels at which narratives function, keep the focus on God and his purpose for the world, we need to avoid moralizing biblical narratives, and avoid allegorizing the meaning of the text. It is important to be cautious when interpreting the Old Testament narratives. Old testament narratives are not the answers to all of our theological questions, normally does not teach a direct doctrine, and all narratives are selective and incomplete (Fee and Stuart, How to read the Bible for all its worth, 2014) Big Picture- Though the book of Genesis is very early in the biblical storyline a pattern has already developed; people sin, people face the consequences, god redeems, and repeat. As soon as sin entered the world, God began to reveal his plan to reverse the effects of the fall. This began with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, then to their son Cain killing his brother Abel, civilization becoming so wicked that God had to send a flood, and finally, God confusing the human speech because humanity tried to build a tower to the heavens.
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