Thursday, May 01, 2014

5. Genesis 10-11 (Tower of Babel)

Today's notes are on Genesis 10-11.
  • Genesis 10 gives us the genealogies of the sons of Noah, with the familiar phrase, "These are the generations" (cf. 2:4; 5:1; 6:9; 10:32). These names give us a treasure map of the ancient world, its key cities and peoples.
  • The first part of Genesis 11 gives us the Tower of Babel. The peoples gather in the land of Shinar, which is the area of Babylon. While we picture the tower as one that literally reached the heavens, it is perhaps more likely that Genesis has a ziggurat in view, which reached the heavens by way of the sanctuary at the top.
  • The last part of Genesis 11 gives us the genealogy of Shem leading up to Abram. It gives years like Genesis 5. It ends with Abram in Haran, to the far north of Israel, with him having come with his father from Ur in the land of the Chaldeans (the Babylonians). Joshua would recall how Abraham's father had worshiped many gods when he lived beyond the River Euphrates (Josh. 24:2-3).
Previous notes:
1. Genesis 1:1-2:3 (Creation)
2. Genesis 2:4-3:24 (The Fall)
3. Genesis 4-5 (Cain and Abel)
4. Genesis 6-9 (The Flood)

Tomorrow -- Genesis 12.

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