Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Torah: The first five books of the Old Testament that recount the foundation story of the Israelites, their covenant with God, and their role in human history.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Epic Narrative: A narrative that is intentionally placed in an ambiguous historical setting in order to make larger claims about the nature of reality and human purpose.
God promises to bless rebellious humanity through the family of Abraham, despite their constant failure and folly.
Torah Series Part II
God makes a promise that He will bless all nations through Abraham's family. But with aging husbands, impatient matriarchs, blessing-stealing children, and jealous siblings who keep mucking things up, how will God's promise prevail?
About Genesis 12-50
While Chapters 1 through 11 describe God's relationship with the entire world in the Book of Genesis, Chapters 12 through 50 transition to God's focus with one particular family.
As Abraham and Sarah learn to trust in God and believe His promises, their lineage brings about the Nation of Israel, Jesus Christ, and the Church many centuries later, ushering in a heavenly kingdom that is established by faith and love.
Plenty of mistakes and wrong choices are made along the way, but God continually delivers them through His grace and kindness in the Book of Genesis. Note the importance of God's covenant with Abraham, a special contract sealed by blood that comes full circle with the Messiah's sacrifice on the cross.
God tells Abraham to go to Canaan and promises him numerous descendants. Abraham overcomes his doubts, believes God, and miraculously has a son with Sarah.
Sodom & Gomorrah
A foreshadowing of future mercy and judgment, God saves Abraham's nephew Lot from the destruction of wicked Sodom and Gomorrah after Abraham intercedes.
Isaac and The Blessing
Still sojourning in Canaan, Abraham's blessing continues through Isaac and God gives him Rebekah as his wife. Isaac has twin sons - Jacob and Esau.
Jacob steals Esau's birthright and runs for his life. Jacob's uncle Laban cheats him and his jealous wives compete, but all find forgiveness in the end.
Joseph and Egypt
Joseph is hated by his brothers who sell him into slavery in Egypt, but God uses the situation to save them from famine. God turning evil on its head is the Book of Genesis' overall theme.
Read Scripture Part II
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Genesis, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Genesis, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.