INTRODUCTION AND CHAPTER ONE 1-A.“A great deal of information is in there, but as none of it goes together, the reader doesn’t know how to use any of it.” (Richter 18) “Facts are stupid things until brought into connection with some general law.” (19) In the introduction of her book The Epic of Eden, Richter argues that there are three main reasons that hinder Christians from reading the Old Testament: 1) the belief that the redemptive story is not present in the Old Testament and that God has changed since the New Testament, 2) the great barrier (differences in culture, history, geography, etc.), and 3) the “dysfunctional closet syndrome.” Of these, she believes the last is most challenging and most widespread among Christians today. Her …show more content…
God created Adam and Eve in order to have a personal relationship with them. However, after the Fall, man became separated from God’s family and thus needed someone to step in and pay the price for him to be restored to a relationship with God. The fact that God sent His firstborn in order to redeem us is important because of the significance of the firstborn in the Israelite culture. It shows just how much God loves us and wants us to be restored to His original plan of a …show more content…
However, Adam is also significant to the redemptive history because he and Eve were responsible for the barrier created between God and man due to man’s sin. Man’s sin became so unbearable to God that he finally decided to get rid of humanity through a Flood. As the sole survivors of the Flood, Noah and his family mark the transition from the Adamic Age to the current age. With the appearance of Abraham we enter into datable history. Abraham (known as “the father of the Jews”) is also significant because the nation of Israel are his descendants. Moses appears at a burdensome time for the Israelites: slavery in Egypt. God uses him in the miraculous exodus of the Israelites. It is during the time of Moses that the Israelites finally become a nation. David is the first king that God chooses to lead His people (Saul was chosen by the Israelites). God makes a covenant with him that there will always be a descendant of his on the
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Another question that be discussed is, “How does David’s actions as a future king compare to the actions of kings in other nations?” In 1 and 2 Samuel we see that the king of Israel is not all powerful. Both Saul and David are shown to be under the law of God. Saul does not do what God tells him to do and God makes it so that Saul’s son will not become king.14 David has sex with another man’s wife and then has that man murdered and God kills the child conceived out of David’s adultery.15We also see that the king of Israel is under the power of God as well as the power of the law. When Solomon builds places of worship to God’s other than YAHWEW and worships at them, God makes someone else king over ten of the twelve tribes of Israel. Solomon’s son only rules over the tribes of Benjamin and Judah.16
This phrase is later repeated three more times, in Judges 18:1, 19:1, and 21:25. Since the phrase is repeated several times, it emphasizes the need for a king to govern the people and lead them in better ways. The Davidic covenant also exemplifies this positive view, since God showed favor on David and his descendants. God said that King David’s descendants are God’s sons, and that the LORD will establish a “royal throne forever”, as in a line of kings until the end of time (2 Sam. 7:13). God also promises to give David “rest from all your enemies” (2 Sam. 7:11) and a place for his people to live (2 Sam. 7:10). Just like Abraham, King David is promised descendants, blessings, and land. Hezekiah, another good king of Judah, was also viewed favorably. In the LORD’s sight, Hezekiah did what was right, just like David (2 Kgs 18:3). 2 Kings 18: 5 also states that “and neither before nor after [Hezekiah] was there anyone like him among all the kings of Judah.” Unlike Solomon, Hezekiah observed the commandments and thus, “the LORD was with him, and he succeeded in all he set out to do” (2 Kgs 18:7). Therefore, the Deuteronomistic History looks favorably upon kings, since the need for a king is stated multiple times in Judges, and kings like David and Hezekiah are looked upon with favor by God and the people
Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis not only mark a loss of innocence, but for years the story has been used as a biblical teaching. It is an important story that sets up a relationship between God and mankind. The story begins with the phrase, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," (Pagels, xi). From the opening words of the story God is deemed as the creator. He is the creator, the absolute being from which all other things are created. In the process of God's creation, he repeats the phrase "according to its/their kind," (Pagels, xi). He does this to emphasize that each creature has its own unique function, and to establish that there are limits and boundaries to each creatures existence.
...istory/faith-history of Israel” occurred (Fries 66). God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, and sent him to save the Israelites from their suffering. God plagued the Egyptians with a series of ten plagues of increasing severity. The Israelites were then led to the Red Sea where Moses, by God’s grace, parted the waters allowing them to cross on dry land. The Egyptian army was drowned behind them. The Israelites had escaped.
The story of the great flood is probably the most popular story that has survived for thousands of years and is still being retold today. It is most commonly related within the context of Judeo-Christian tradition. In the Holy Bible, the book of Genesis uses the flood as a symbol of God's wrath as well as His hope that the human race can maintain peace and achieve everlasting salvation. The tale of Noah's Ark begins with God's expression of dismay as to the degenerate state of the human race at the time. People were behaving wickedly and sinfully and God decided that a genetic cleansing was necessary. He spared only Noah and his family, along with two of every type of animal; one male and one female. The other most popular flood story is found in the Epic of Gilgamish. In this text, the gods have decided to destroy everything on earth by creating a great flood. The only survivor is a man named Utnapishtim, spared because he is the god Ea's favorite human.
“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). In order for humanity to fulfill it’s created purpose and be completely satisfied in life, each individual must worship God in every deed, word, and thought. God reveals this purpose over and over again in the first eleven chapters of Genesis in the story of Cain and Able, Noah and the flood, the tower of Babel, and most importantly, the fall. With all of this in mind, one must ask the question, “How can we fulfill our purpose if we are unable to worship God?” That is where Christ comes in. Because of His great love, He came to this earth and died for humanity so that they could be restored to life (Romans 5:8). By accepting Jesus’ free gift of salvation, His blood covers all sin and His righteousness is credited to the sinner (Romans 6:23). The result, then, is that everyone who receives this gift is now free to live their lives for Christ; fulfilling their created purpose. There is, then, only two human identities. Either one has accepted Christ’s gift of salvation and now identifies as a child of God, or he rejects God and chooses death over life. The child of God now lives under the authority of Christ and interprets everything through a different
In the book of genesis, God shows us that he gave us the gift of relationships by the creation of Adam and Eve. Eve was created from Adam’s rib. In Genesis 2:24, it says, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one flesh.” In this, we are able to see the joy of being in a relationship as Adam and Eve live in peace and harmony and they do things together. It however gets to a point when Adam and eve sin. This is the time when trouble is thus sent down to the earth and in the scripture this is seen as being the genesis of all problems (Brueggeman, (2010).
The Book of Exodus encompasses several of the most significant individuals, as well as events. In the Book of Exodus, Moses was a prominent character that was discussed seemingly throughout the text (Harper 's Bible Dictionary 1952, 655). The Book of Exodus is a segment within the Pentateuch, which covers the first five accounts of the Old Testament. There are three noticeable premises that are accentuated in Exodus, which are deliverance, the covenant, and the Promised Land. The opening section of the Book, which is separated into two parts, is the first eighteen chapters, which review Moses’ lifetime, the dilemmas that the Israelites’ met whilst in Egypt, and the events and plagues that drove the Israelites’ to ultimately depart from Egypt.
As the short narrative goes, Adam and Eve ate the apple from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and became like God, giving them the knowledge of good and evil and therefore were banished from the garden as a consequence to their actions. Another interpretation of the Garden of Eden is that Adam and Eve, who now had the new found knowledge of good and evil, had to leave the garden because it was necessary for them to understand the new knowledge for themselves, to shape the kind of people God already knew them to be, which helped them find their way back to God to live the Eternal life. This interpretation of The Garden of Eden is entirely different from its conventional wisdom. Rather it actualizes their commitment to God by entering into a state of binding and loosing of their new found knowledge to choose wisely to align their paths back to The Tree of Life. Therefore Adam and Eves binding and loosing of knowledge acquired through life experiences is a reflection of maturation in liberation and redemption embodying the image of God. The challenges that Adam and Eve faced is a reflection in the nature of humanity. We are faced with challenges every day and our choices will play out in our lives and allow us to attain wisdom to bind and loose during the maturation
According to Genesis the first man and woman or Adam and Eve are created by God. Living in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve was forbidden by God to eat fruit from the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. According to the scripture, Eve has eaten the fruit, and she has tempted by by serpent, but she has shared the fruit with Adam.
After God primarily spoke to Adam about having dominion over the creatures, God realized that Adam did not feel fulfilled by this sole task. So Eve was created to make Adam less lonely. Genesis 2:18 states that Eve was created to be Adam’s helper and partner. Human’s second strongest drive is to have close companionships with other humans. The drive to be in companionship with others is so strong, in fact, that humans will strive after them even though the relationship could possibly be dysfunctional, as stated in Genesis 3:16. Humans thrive when they can share life’s joys with others. When together, humans can further praise God for what he has done, as it is healthy to have Christian fellowship.
Thanks to them, we can now grasp a lot about the world and how the world works, as well as the knowledge of good and evil. Before the eating of the apple they had their peaceful paradise and were seeing everything as innocent things not knowing there was anything that was evil out there. There are a lot of comparisons that can be made with the subject matter with knowledge over time. We are now subject to the cruel world and live everyday in sin, but still have the loving affection and forgiveness of God. The things that we know and can grasp today wouldn’t be possible if Adam and Eve had not eaten the apple. Thanks in part to them, we can sit in class and learn new things about the world, especially in science classes. But the one thing we would probably not want from all of this is death, that’s one of the only sucky parts, well that and not having the ability to experience the paradise in which they lived until the end of our lives (if some are lucky enough). Who knows what life would be like if they never committed the original sin and not caused the fall of man. Who is to think if they hadn’t caused it all themselves that another person wouldn’t have behind them? The price of knowledge was pricey, but the major question that lies is was it all worth it? This is up to one’s own view and