|This column lists each verse from Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 11:32||This column lists common questions relating to the text and the article (s) answering those questions. Also included are articles about amazing features of God’s creation.||This column lists New Testament references to Genesis (plus a few from the Old Testament).|
How did the writers of the Bible understand Genesis?
|Luke 16:31:‘He (Abraham) said to him (the rich man in Hell), “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”’
John 5:46–47: ‘If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?’
Luke 24:25–27: ‘“How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself’
|1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.||
Does God exist? (Chapter 1 from The Creation Answers Book)
Where did God come from?
What is God really like? Is he the same God as those from other religions?
Is God male?
When was the “beginning”?
How old is the Earth?
Is Earth located anywhere “special” in creation?
For articles relating to problems with the Big Bang see the Astronomy and Astrophysics Q&A page
Creation for Kids: When God made something out of nothing: Day 1
John 1:1–3: Jesus is first mentioned in Genesis 1:1. The pre-existent divine Word (Jesus) was the agent of God’s creation. His first miracle recorded in the Gospels was the creation. Turning water into wine at Cana was the first miraculous sign to His disciples.
Acts 14:15: God made Heaven and Earth and everything in them.
Romans 1:19–20: God’s power revealed through creation.
Ephesians 3:9: God created all things
Colossians 1:16: All things created by the Son
Mark 13:19: God created the world
|2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.||Can a gap of millions (or billions) of years fit between Gen 1:1 and 1:2? See:
||2 Peter 3:5-6 The Earth was formed out of water.
Jeremiah 4:23: Judgment on Israel is an “uncreation”: so severe that it alludes to the time before God started forming and filling the earth.
|3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.||What was the source of the light since the sun wasn’t created until Day 4?
Was Jesus there at Creation?
|Quoted in 2 Corinthians 4:6|
|4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.||Who determines what is ‘good’?
|5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.||Could the ‘days’ in Genesis be long periods of time?
If the sun wasn’t created until Day 4 how can the first 3 days be real days?
How might Genesis be written if God created over millions of years?
How has the church historically understood Genesis?
|6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”||Does the Bible say that the sky is a solid dome?
|7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.||Does this support the idea that there was a layer of water vapour around the earth before the Flood?
If there was no vapour canopy, what might the ‘waters above’ be?
|8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
||Creation for Kids: Heavens above! Water below!|
|9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.||Is there evidence that the continents aren’t billions of years old?
|10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.||Is there evidence that the oceans were created recently?
|11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.||How old are the oldest living things?
Don’t tree rings tell us the earth is older than 6,000 years?
|12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.||Is there evidence that plants (and therefore oxygen) was abundant when the earth was formed?
||1 Corinthians 15:38: Each kind of seed has its own body, an allusion to their separate creation.|
|13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.||Creation for Kids: Dry land, green grass, juicy fruit
|14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,||How could “days” be measured without the sun?
Was the Earth’s tilt different originally? What might cause it to tilt?
|15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.|
|16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.||
Did God create planets outside our solar system?
What astronomical evidence supports a young age for the universe?
|1 Corinthians 15:41: Paul tells us that the sun, moon and stars have different splendours, an allusion to their separate creation.|
|17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,||How can we see the light from distant galaxies?
See also: Astronomy and Astrophysics FAQ page
|18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.|
|19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.||‘Sun, shine! Moon, glow! Stars, twinkle!’|
|20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”|
|21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.|
|22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”|
|23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.||
Creation for Kids: ’Fish, swim! Birds, fly!’
|24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.||Will there be animals in the new Creation?
||1 Corinthians 15:39: Paul tells us that humans, beasts, birds and fish have different types of flesh, an allusion to their separate creation.|
|25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their
kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
|“Beasts of the earth” would include dinosaurs. Is there evidence that dinosaurs lived recently?
||Isaiah 11 and 65 refer to a future time where even ‘carnivorous’ animals are vegetarian, so they would no longer ‘hurt or destroy’. Commentators agree that this is an Edenic allusion.|
|26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”||What does it mean to be made in God’s image?
||Genesis 9:6: capital punishment for murder based on the fact that man is made in God’s image
James 3:9 condemns the tongue cursing men “made in the likeness of God.”
|27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.||Did humans come from an ape-like ancestor?
See also: Anthropology and Apemen FAQ page
Both men and women made in God’s image—basis for high biblical view of women
What were Jesus’ views on when He created the universe?
|Matthew 19:3–6; Mark 10:6–9: Quotes Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 as the basis for marriage
Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25: about paying taxes to Caesar: if bearing Caesar’s image belongs to Caesar; thus man belongs to God because he is made in God’s image.
Colossians 3:10: Believers have put on the new self, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of the Creator
|28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”||Were Adam and Eve to “fill” or “refill” the Earth?
What is the Dominion Mandate and how does it relate to Environmentalism?
|29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.||What about genetic modification of food?
|30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.||If all animals were originally herbivores how did the attack/defense features in many animals come about?
Examples of some ‘carnivorous’ animals today not eating meat:
|31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.||What would a “very good” world be like?
||1 Timothy 4:3-5: God created everything good|
|Do the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 contradict each other?
The Seventh Day, God Rests
|1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.|
|2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.||
Creation for Kids: Who needs a rest?
|Quoted in Hebrews 4:3–4|
|3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
||Since God is still resting from his creative work today, is the seventh day a literal 24-hour day?
Exodus 20:8–11: Fourth Commandment is based on Creation Week. This entails that the days of Creation Week were the same as those of our working week, or else this command makes no sense.
The Creation of Man and Woman
|4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.||Genesis 2 uses a different name for God. How is that explained?
|5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground,|| Does this contradict Chapter 1 where it says plants came before man?
|6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—|
|7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.||Did any people live before Adam and Eve?
||Quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:45
1 Corinthians 15:47: The first man created from dust.
1 Timothy 2:13–14: Man created first
|8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.||Where was the Garden of Eden? Have the four rivers any counterpart today?
||Revelation 21: The New Jerusalem is presented as an Edenic city.|
|9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.||Did eating from the tree of life impart immortality?
||Revelation 22:1–6: The Tree of Life is in the New Jerusalem|
|10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers.|
|11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.|
|12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.|
|13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush.|
|14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.|
|15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.|
|16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,|
|17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”||Creation for kids: Choices, choices
|18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”||Does the Bible teach that women are inferior to men?
|19 So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.|
|20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.||Creation for Kids: Adam’s first task: naming the animals
How could Adam name all the animals?
|21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.||Do men have fewer ribs than women?
|22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.||Creation for kids: She’s beautiful!
|23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
|What about human evolution from apes?
||1 Corinthians 11:7-8: Mankind in the image of God, and woman created after man
1 Timothy 2:13 Adam created before Eve
|24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.||Is it right for men to marry multiple women?
||Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7: Genesis 1:24 is quoted as authoritative (the word of the Creator in Matthew), indicative of God’s original will for marriage, and (in Mark) that people were there “from the beginning of creation”, not billions of years after the beginning—see Jesus and the Age of the Earth.
Quoted in 1 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 5:31
|25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.|
|How do Mormons view the Fall?
|1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”||Did a snake really talk to Eve?
|John 8:44: The devil was a liar and a murderer from the beginning.
2 Corinthians 11:3: … just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning …
Revelation 20:2: He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, …
Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.
|2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,|
|3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”||Did Eve sin before eating the fruit?
|4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.|
|5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”||Where did evil come from?
|6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.||What was the fruit that Eve ate?
||2 Corinthians 11:3: Eve was deceived
1 Timothy 2:14: Woman deceived but Adam not.
|7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.|
|8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.|
|9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”|
|10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”|
|11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”|
|12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”|
|13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”|
|14 The LORD God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
|A dust-eating snake?
|15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
|Protevangelion: first prophecy of the Messiah, the Seed of the Woman (implying virginal conception lacking human father), and a God-man.
||Romans 16:20: Satan crushed under believers’ feet
Galatians 4:4: “God sent forth his Son, born of woman.”
Isaiah 7:14: refers to the virgin, meaning a specific one already prophesied in a previous section of Scripture, i.e. the one who would bear the “seed of the woman”.
|16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”
|Why is there pain in childbirth?
|17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
|18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
|Why did God create bad things?
||Romans 8:20–23: The entire creation is cursed|
|19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
|Was God’s curse on Adam fair?
||Romans 5:12–21; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22: Death came through Adam’s sin
|20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.||Is there scientific evidence that all people come from one woman?
|21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.|
|22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”||Did eating from the tree of life impart immortality?
|23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.|
|24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.|
Cain and Abel
|1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man: the LORD.”||Could Cain have been conceived hundreds of years after creation?
יהוה YHWH)”. This would suggest that she thinks that Cain is the promised seed who will crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). Her theology is correct, in that the “seed” would be both man and God, but with a wrong application!
|2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.|
|3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground,||Jude 11|
|4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,||What is the link between the sacrifices and the Gospel?
||Hebrews 11:4: Abel’s acceptable sacrifice; he was one of the heroes of the faith, no less real than the post-Abraham ones.
|5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.|
|6 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?|
|7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”|
|8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.||
Cain and the first murder
||1 John 3:11–12: Cain killed Abel
Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51: Abel was a righteous man and the first one whose blood was unjustly shed.
Hebrews 12:24: reality of his martyrdom
|9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”|
|10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.|
|11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.|
|12 When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”|
|13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.|
|14 Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”|
|15 Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him.||Cain’s descendant Lamech referred to this in v. 23.|
|16 Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.|
|17 Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.||Who was Cain’s wife? (Chapter 8 from The Creation Answers Book)
Did Cain really marry his sister?
|18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad fathered Mehujael, and Mehujael fathered Methushael, and Methushael fathered Lamech.|
|19 And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.||First instance of polygamy was by a murderer (see v. 23) in Cain’s line.|
|20 Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.|
|21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe.||Were ancient people highly artistic?|
|22 Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.||Is there evidence that ancient people were highly intelligent?
|23 Lamech said to his wives:
“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say:
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for striking me.
|24 If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold,
then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold.”
|Jesus told Peter that he must forgive not just seven times, but seventy-seven times. The Greek phrase in Matthew is ἑβδομηκοντάκις ἑπτά (hebdomēkontakis hepta), the same as in the Septuagint of Genesis 4:24. Jesus may have been using an a fortiori argument with Genesis in mind: if the murderer Lamech could threaten 77-fold—practically unlimited—vengeance, then surely His followers could practise at least as much forgiveness.|
|25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.”||Luke 3:38 affirms that Adam was the father of Seth.|
|26 To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.||Luke 3:38 affirms that Seth was the father of Enosh.|
|Can the chronogenealogies in Genesis 5 and 11 be used to derive a date for creation?
Adam’s Descendants to Noah
|Could the ages of the patriarchs be expanded as they have been on other ancient historical records?
With people living so long before the Flood, how many of the people listed in Genesis 5 and 11 were living at the same time?
|Luke 3:29–37: These are listed as Jesus’ ancestors
Acts 17:26: All the nations are descended from one man.
1 Chronicles 1–3: lists Adam to Noah
|1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.|
|2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.|
|3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.|
|4 The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters.|
|5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.||How did people live so long before the Flood?
|6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh.|
|7 Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|8 Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died.|
|9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan.|
|10 Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|11 Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died.|
|12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel.|
|13 Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|14 Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died.|
|15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he fathered Jared.|
|16 Mahalalel lived after he fathered Jared 830 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|17 Thus all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died.|
|18 When Jared had lived 162 years he fathered Enoch.||Jude 14: Enoch the seventh from Adam|
|19 Jared lived after he fathered Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|20 Thus all the days of Jared were 962 years, and he died.|
|21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah.|
|22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.|
|24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.||Hebrews 11:5: Enoch was one of the heroes of the faith, no less real than the post-Abraham ones.|
|25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he fathered Lamech.||What does Methuselah mean?
|26 Methuselah lived after he fathered Lamech 782 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|27 Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died.||Was Methuselah (who lived with Noah but was not on the Ark) not also a ‘righteous man’?
|28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son|
|29 and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”|
|30 Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters.||Which of the patriarchs lived at the same time?
|31 Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died.|
|32 After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth.||Who were the oldest, middle, and youngest sons?
Increasing Corruption on Earth
|1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them,|
|2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.||Jude 6: Disobedient angels punished for going after strange flesh, just as the Sodomites were|
|3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”||Does this ‘120 years’ refer to lifespans or something else?|
|4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.||Who are the “sons of God”?
||Numbers 13–14: not a reference to nephilim after the Flood, because it is citing a lying report from the faithless spies.|
|5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.||How could a loving God wipe out so many people?
|6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.|
|7 So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”||Genesis and catastrophe: The Flood as the major biblical cataclysm|
|8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.|
Noah and the Flood
|Did Moses steal the Flood account from other ancient writings? Or was it the other way around?
||1 Peter 2:4–5: God punished sinning angels and saved Noah
2 Peter 3:5–6 Earth formed out of water and by water
|9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.||2 Peter 2:5 Noah a “preacher of righteousness”
Aren’t Adam, Eve and Noah just legends? (more New Testament references to Old Testament people and events.)
|10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.|
|11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.|
|12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.|
|13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.||Does the text support a “local flood”?
|14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.||What is “pitch”?
|15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.||Have there been other large wooden ships like the Ark?
How long exactly was Noah’s Ark?
|16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.||Did Noah really build an Ark?
|17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.||Is there anything more catastrophic than a global flood?
|18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.|
|19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female.||Could the Ark really carry all the animals required to get the millions of species we have today?
|20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.|
|21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.”||What kind of food was eaten on the Ark?
|22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.||What might Noah have experienced during this time in history?
||Hebrews 11:7: Noah as a hero of the faith, as real as those people after Abraham, for building the Ark.|
|1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.|
|2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, male and female,|
|3 and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.|
|4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”|
|5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.|
|6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth.||When was the Flood?
||Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-27: The last days will be like the days of Noah.|
|7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood.|
|8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground,|
|9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah.|
|10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.|
|11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.||What was the source of the water for the flood?
If there was originally a single continent could could it have broken apart during the Flood?
|12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.||What might the rain have been like during the Flood?
|13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark,||1 Peter 3:20: Eight saved in the Ark|
|14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature.|
|15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life.|
|16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.|
|17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.|
|18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters.||What was the flood like? How violent was it?
|19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered.||Could the Flood have been a local event, covering only the Mesopotamian region?
|20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep.||Is there enough water to flood the whole earth?
|21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind.||If dinosaurs and humans died in the flood why don’t we see their fossils buried together?
|22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.||If all the land-dwelling, air-breathing animals died, what about marine life?
|23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.||Wouldn’t most human diseases have been wiped out at the flood?
|24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.||Is there evidence for a global flood?
The Flood Subsides
|1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.||Does the literary structure of Genesis support the ‘Documentary Hypothesis’?
|2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,|
|3 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated,||How quickly did the water rise to maximum depth during the Flood?
|4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.||Has Noah’s Ark been found?
|5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.|
|6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made|
|7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.|
|8 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.|
|9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him.|
|10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark.|
|11 And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.|
|12 Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.|
|13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.|
|14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out.||How long would it have taken for the earth to recover from the Flood?
|15 Then God said to Noah,|
|16 “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.|
|17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”||If the Ark landed in the Middle East, how did animals get to places like Australia?
|18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.|
|19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.|
God’s Covenant with Noah
|20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.|
|21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.|
|22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”|
|1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.||If all people today came from Noah’s family, how did things like different skin colour arise?
|2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.|
|3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.||Should Christians only eat plants?
|4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.|
|5 And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.|
|6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.
|Does this support capital punishment?
||Matthew 26:52: Those who draw the sword will die by the sword.
Based on Genesis 9:6
|7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, teem on the earth and multiply in it.”|
|8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,|
|9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you,|
|10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth.||Can all the species we have today come from the “kinds” on the Ark?
|11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”|
|12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:|
|13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.||Revelation 4:3: A rainbow surrounds the throne in Heaven|
|14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,|
|15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.|
|16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”||Did rainbows only appear after the Flood?
|17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”|
|18 The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)|
|19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed.||If all nations today came from Noah’s sons, what similarities are there between flood legends all over the world?
|20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard.|
|21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.|
|22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside.|
|23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.|
|24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him,|
|25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
|Is dark skin the result of the curse on Ham/Canaan?
|26 He also said,
“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem;
and let Canaan be his servant.
|27 May God enlarge Japheth,
and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,
and let Canaan be his servant.”
|28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years.|
|29 All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.|
Nations Descended from Noah
|1 These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood.||Does secular history mention anything about the nations originating from Noah’s grandsons?
||Acts 17:26: All the nations descended from one man|
|2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.||
1 Chronicles 1:5 Sons of Japheth
|3 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.||
1 Chronicles 1:6 Sons of Gomer
|4 The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.||
1 Chronicles 1:7 Sons of Javan
|5 From these the coastland peoples spread in their lands, each with his own language, by their clans, in their nations.|
|6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan.||
1 Chronicles 1:8 Sons of Ham
|7 The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.||
1 Chronicles 1:9 Sons of Cush
|8 Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man.||
1 Chronicles 1:10 Cush fathered Nimrod
|9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.”||
1 Chronicles 1:10 Nimrod a mighty hunter
|10 The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.|
|11 From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and|
|12 Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.|
|13 Egypt fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim,||Doesn’t the Egyptian chronology contradict the Bible?
||1 Chronicles 1:11 Sons of Egypt (Mitsrayim)|
|14 Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom the Philistines came), and Caphtorim.||1 Chronicles 1:12 Sons of Egypt|
|15 Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth,||1 Chronicles 1:13 Sons of Canaan|
|16 and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites,||1 Chronicles 1:14 Sons of Canaan|
|17 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites,||1 Chronicles 1:15 Sons of Canaan|
|18 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the clans of the Canaanites dispersed.||1 Chronicles 1:16 Sons of Canaan|
|19 And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon in the direction of Gerar as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.|
|20 These are the sons of Ham, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.|
|21 To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, whose older brother was Japheth, children were born.||
|22 The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram.||1 Chronicles 1:17 Sons of Shem|
|23 The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash.||1 Chronicles 1:17 Sons of Aram|
|24 Arphaxad fathered Shelah; and Shelah fathered Eber.||1 Chronicles 1:18 Arphaxad to Eber|
|25 To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan.||Could this be referring to the breakup of the original continent?
||1 Chronicles 1:19 Sons of Eber|
|26 Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,||1 Chronicles 1:20 Sons of Joktan
|27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,||1 Chronicles 1:21 Sons of Joktan|
|28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba,||1 Chronicles 1:22 Sons of Joktan|
|29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan.||1 Chronicles 1:23 Sons of Joktan|
|30 The territory in which they lived extended from Mesha in the direction of Sephar to the hill country of the east.|
|31 These are the sons of Shem, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.|
|32 These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood.||Could all the variation in today’s people groups arise since Noah?
The Tower of Babel
|1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.|
|2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.||What happened at Babel?
|3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.|
|4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”|
|5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built.|
|6 And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.|
|7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”|
|8 So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.|
|9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.||Is there evidence that languages originated at Babel?
|1 Chronicles 1:23–27 Shem to Abram
Luke 3:34–36: Abram to Shem
|10 These are the generations of Shem. When Shem was 100 years old, he fathered Arphaxad two years after the flood.||What caused the massive drop in lifespans after the Flood?
|11 And Shem lived after he fathered Arphaxad 500 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he fathered Shelah.||What about the ‘extra’ Cainan mentioned in Luke 3:36?
|13 And Arphaxad lived after he fathered Shelah 403 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he fathered Eber.|
|15 And Shelah lived after he fathered Eber 403 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he fathered Peleg.|
|17 And Eber lived after he fathered Peleg 430 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he fathered Reu.|
|19 And Peleg lived after he fathered Reu 209 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he fathered Serug.|
|21 And Reu lived after he fathered Serug 207 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he fathered Nahor.|
|23 And Serug lived after he fathered Nahor 200 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he fathered Terah.|
|25 And Nahor lived after he fathered Terah 119 years and had other sons and daughters.|
|26 When Terah had lived 70 years, he fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
||Did Terah have triplets when he was 70?
|27 Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.|
|28 Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans.|
|29 And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah.|
|30 Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.|
|31 Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there.|
|32 The days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran.|
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