Genesis 1-11 | The Story Begins

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The story presented in Genesis 1-11 is known by many but not understood by many. We have substituted the modern Western rational mind and its pushing of Creation-Science and Secularism to misread and misguide us in our understanding of these foundational chapters.

Genesis 1-11 does have a word that is extremely relevant for present readers that has absolutely nothing to do with modern science or the creeping in of secular understandings. The meaning that its first hearers/readers would have understood is still a powerful word for us today.

About the Pentateuch
About Genesis
About Genesis 1-11
About the Background of Genesis 1-11
Story 1:  Only One God (Genesis 1.1-2.4a)
Story 2:  Freedom: The Creation of Humankind (Genesis 2.4b-25)
Story 3:  Bondage: The  Fall of Humankind (Genesis 3.1-24)
Story 4:  The Fruit of the Fall (Murder) (Genesis 4.1-16)
Story 5:  Coming to Grips with Genealogies (Genesis 4.17-5.32)
Story 6:  Sons of God and Daughters of Men (Genesis 6.1-8)
Story 7: When It Rains, It Pours: The Flood (Genesis 6.9-7.24)
Story 8:  A New Beginning (Genesis 8.1-9.17)
Story 9: The Cursing of Canaan (Gen. 9.18-10.32)
Story 10: The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11.1-26)

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Jesus Followers


There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.


(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)