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Genesis 1-11

Flight Plan:

We begin The Bible from 30,000 Feet with a tour of Genesis Chapters 1-11. On this flight we'll travel all the way back to the very beginning - The Creation. We'll meet the first man and woman and their deceiver - the Serpent. We'll fly over God's new creation and meet a man named Noah, who God saved from His judgment - the Flood. We'll also take a look at "beginnings," the first time things are mentioned in the Bible a special significance should be given to them. The word Genesis itself is a Greek word that means "origin," the book describes the origins of creation.

Detailed Notes:

Interactive Travel Guide

The first three words of Genesis are... "In the beginning..." Genesis is the book of beginnings. The word Genesis is a Greek word that means "origin." And it describes the origins of creation.

  1. The origin of the world - 1:1-25

  2. The origin of the human race - 1:26 - 2:25

  3. The origin of sin in the world - 3:1-7

  4. The origin of family life - 4:1-15

  5. The origin of civilization - 4:16 - 9:29

  6. The origin of the nations of the world - 10:11

  7. The origin of the Hebrew people - 12:1 - 50:26


Creation, the Flood, the Tower of Babel

c. 2166 - 1991 B.C. .....
Abraham, born in Ur of the Chaldeans, lived 175 years

Genesis can be easily divided into two sections. The first section from Genesis 1:1 - 11:9 is historical in nature and covers four key events that occurred on the earth. The setting for this section of Genesis occurs primarily in the Fertile Crescent which is located in modern day Iraq.

  1. The Formation: 1:1 - 2:25

  2. The Fall: 3:1 - 5:32

  3. The Flood: 6:1 - 9:29

  4. The Fallout: 10:1 - 11:9

Garden Of Eden - Although the exact location of the Garden of Eden is unknown we do have an idea of the general area that it could have been. Genesis 2:10-14 lists several landmarks. The Pison, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Also mentioned is the land of Havilah where there is gold, bdellium and onyx. This could place the location of the Garden of Eden somewhere under the waters of the Persian Gulf.

Mount Ararat - Mount Ararat is located in Eastern Turkey on the boarders of Iran, Armenia and Nachivan. The Bible describes the resting place of Noah’s ark to be in the mountains of Ararat.

Tower of Babel - The land of Shinar refers to the ancient region of Babylon in Mesopotamia. Archaeologists examining the remains of ancient Babylon have found what appears to be the foundation of a large ziggurate (a stepped pyramid) that could be the Tower of Babel.

Ham - Son of Noah. Settled southward. Descendents settled into South and Central Arabia, Egypt, the East Shore of the Mediterranean and the East Coast of Africa. Egypt was called the "Land of Ham." This would include the Amorites, the Philistines and the Hittites. Canaan, son of Ham, settled into the area that would become the land of Israel.

Japheth - Son of Noah. Settled in the regions around the Black and Caspian Seas. Descendents settled into Europe and Asia. This would include the Greeks and the Medes.

Shem - Son of Noah. Settled into the north Euphrates Valley. His descendants would become the Assyrians, Persians, Syrians and Arabians.

CALENDAR YEAR - The Jewish calendar year is 360 days and based on a lunar cycle. Each month begins on the first sliver of light after a new moon (when the moon is completely dark). The Gregorian calendar year that we use is 365.2425 days and is based on the time it takes for the Earth to complete one orbit around the sun.

PENTATEUCH - Genesis is the first of five books referred to as the Pentateuch which means "fivefold vessels." The Jews refer to these five books as the Torah or "law." The give books include: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

COVENANT - A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties, some conditional and some unconditional. Conditional covenants were only binding when the conditions of the covenant were made. Unconditional covenants were made by a superior to someone lesser. It was based solely on the ability of the superior to fulfill the conditions of the covenant. God initiated eight covenants with man. Listed are the first three:

  1. Edenic Covenant: This Covenant was between God and Adam. (1) Populate the Earth, (2) Subdue the Earth, (3) Care for the Earth, (4) Dominion over the animal creation, (5) Refrain from eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If the fruit is eaten, it would result in death. This covenant is conditional.

  2. Adamic Covenant: This Covenant is between God and Satan and Adam and is the result of Adam's disobedience. (1) Satan is judged, (2) Redemption is promised, (3) Pain in childbirth for women, (4) Man is the head of the woman, (5) The ground is cursed and men will toil and labor, (6) Humans will die. This covenant is unconditional.

  3. Noahic Covenant: God would never curse the ground again as He did in the garden. God would never destroy every living thing as He did with the flood. The sign of this covenant is the rainbow. This covenant is unconditional.


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