Various chapters in Genesis tend to propose that human beings are either good by nature or evil by nature. Staring from Genesis 3 where Eve was deceived by the serpent, to when Joseph was sold by his brothers to Midianite traders, human beings managed to portray their evil nature. However, human beings also demonstrated themselves as good by nature, starting from Abel, who offered God the right offering to Joseph, who opted to forgive his brothers who sold him to Egypt.
Some of the chapters in Genesis depict a contradiction of information. For instance, Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 2:3 contradict the information on Genesis 2:4-22 concerning the order of creation. While Genesis 1 represents creation chronologically, Genesis 2 indicates a thematic development of creation, with much stress on humanity. Another contradiction is found inGenesis 10:5 where descendants of Japheth had their own language while Genesis11:1 indicated that the entire world was using one language.
The book of Genesis demonstrated humanity and its weaknesses. The challenges that humans went through illustrated that humans are bound to err. Despite being warned not to eat fruits from the tree of knowledge, Adam and Eve went ahead and ate the fruit. Cain killed his brother because of hatred while Abraham went ahead and bore a child with a slave, despite being promised a son who was to be conceived by Sarah.
In the beginning of Genesis 2, God opted to rest on the seventh day (Sabbath) to signify that He had finished his work. The verse does not indicate that God needed a rest. Instead, it implied that God had just finished the work of creation, and was just appreciating what He had created. I believe that God is all powerful: He does not need rest. Besides, there was no indication that He continued the work of creation the following day.
One the similarities of creation from chapter 1 and 2 are that they do not diverge with regard to the order of creation, as both admit that creation took six days to complete. However, the differences in creation stories are that the first chapter illustrated the sixth day as the zenith of creation, but chapter two offered vivid details concerning the creation of man. While chapter one indicated that plants were created on the third day, chapter two indicated that before the creation of man, there was no vegetation on the earth.
After reading Genesis 2:25 and Genesis 3:10, one can identify some similarities as well as differences. The two verses depicted that Adam and Eve were created naked, and they were not ashamed of their nakedness. However, the two verses differ from each other concerning what was considered normal. While it appeared normal for Adam and Eve to be naked in Genesis 2, Genesis 3 implied that Adam and Eve were ashamed of being naked, and had to hide themselves from God.
According to the book of Genesis, nobody was closer to God like Abraham. In chapter 12, God ordered Abram to move to unknown land, although Abram feared of his safety and age. Abram agreed to move because he was faithful to God.In chapter 15, God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as many as the stars, yet Abraham did not have a son. In chapter 17, God continued to insist of His promise to Abraham, where Abraham was promised a son named Isaac. The promise began by circumcising all males, including slaves and their male children.
In chapter 12, God commanded Abram to move out of his original homeland for unknown land. Abram took his belongings, together with his wife Sarai, and Lot, his brother, and trekked towards the promised land. Abram feared that he might be killed by Egyptians due to the attractiveness of his wife and pretended that Sarai was his sister. Sarai is snatched from Abram and taken to Pharaoh’s house to become the king’s wife, an act that brought plagues to Pharaoh’s house. Pharaoh discovered that Sarai was Abram’s wife and ordered them to leave the country. The moral lesson of the story is that people should believe in God’s promise without doubting, as whoever God wishes to bless cannot fall into any harm.This story depicts that the moral truth is not affected by the historical truth.
“The Book Of Genesis.” Vatican, n.d, http://www.vatican.va/archive/bible/genesis/documents/bible_genesis_en.htmlAccesssed 27 March 2017.