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gen:002:008

The man was created OUTSIDE of the garden, and brought into it.

creation

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:003:013

God allowed the deception/seduction, as in James 1.

Permissive will, theodicy

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:003:019

Was this verse (the pronunciation of the sentence of death) the fulfillment of the statement in 2.19?

death, judgment

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:004:012

The Lord had a special presence on the 'Land' then, and to wander from it from to move from His 'presence'.

theophany

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:004:020

";Bad"; Lamech had a son who raised livestock, as did Abel.


HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:006:009

Noah 'walked with God' as Enoch had done.


HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:006:012

Every person was involved in explicitly SELF-corruption.

sin, self, accountability

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:006:019

Used Noah as secondary cause

causes, sovereignty

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:007:009

God commanded Noah to bring the animals into the ark (6.19), but GOD did the fulfillment Himself (see also 7.15)

causes, interface

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:007:013

The day they entered the ark, was the day they NEEDED it DESPARATELY! No 'buffer'--God met the need 'not too early, not too late'.

timing, providence, provision

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:008:022

Paul refers to the promise of 'seasons' in his address to the Gentiles in Acts 14.17

revelation, nature

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:009:002

Fishing/hunting for food seems to be authorized here (predation 'instituted'?).

predation

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:009:005

Reverse predation implied--the animals will fight back.

predation

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:009:005

accountability for violence to humans pre-Mosaic and pre-Abrahamic. Especially relevant after destroying the earth BECAUSE of its violence.

violence, accountability

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:010:009

Here is a reference to traditional, older material--a 'saying'

sources

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:010:031

This verse refers to a multiplicity of languages within the line of Shem (with similar refs in 10.5,20). If Gen 11 is a flashback, explaining why/how the earth was divided at the time of Peleg, then this event occurred EARLY in the post-flood period, and prior to the separation of the lines of Ham, shem, and japheth.

Babel

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:013:015

It looks as if God even promised Abe the land that was just selected by Lot for residence. This land grant was classed as 'olam', one of the 'forever' words. I wonder what happens to this promise in a new heavens and a new earth. Is 'forever' limited in this context?

forever, Palestine, Land grant

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:015:001

God told Abe that He was both protection (shield) and treasure (very great reward).

God as reward

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:015:006

The content of Abe's faith was that God would fulfill His promise to give him a natural-born heir. It was not about land or blessing or anything else--just the promise of an heir.

faith, revelation, covenant

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:015:013

Abe asked for Proof--God gave him as proof A PROMISE! Nothing is more trustworthy than a commitment by God, especially in such a covenant form.

Proof

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:017:012

Circumcision was not just for Abe's descendants, but also for any foreign servants in his household (gentiles).

gentiles

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:017:020

God blessed Ishmael (at the prayer of Abe) but did not extend the Promise to him. Ishmael was blessed, but 'non-elect' in the Romans 9 sense (history of salvation--NOT 'eternal destination').

election

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:018:019

The causal change is three-links: God chose Abraham (so that) He will teach his kids; (so that) the kids will do justice/right according to YHWH's way; (so that) God can fulfill His promise to Abraham to bless him and his kids with the Land and a special relationship with God.

causes, providence, governance, blessing, covenant

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:018:020

Pagan cries of atrocity reach and grieve God!

gentiles, nations

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:018:026

This is a perfect case of the problem of moral governance. God agrees to spare the evil doers (permission of evil and non-restriction of at least some of their atrocities), in an act of mercy on the few! He opens Himself up to criticism of 'soft on crime', instead of playing the 'acceptable casualties' card. Tough call, but one that was at least supported by Abraham.

governance, theodicy, permission of evil

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:018:026

God would FORGIVE the city, not JUSTIFY (pronounce it innocent). Forgiveness may imply a recognition of sin/evil.

forgiveness, justification

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:019:016

This case of 'overriding the will' is interesting because it is not actually such. Lot is INDECISIVE here--not STUBBORNLY refusing to leave. He 'hesitates', paralyzed between competing alternatives. The angelic act is difficult, therefore, to categorize as 'overriding a deliberate choice'.

Sovereignty, will, choices

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:020:003

This prophecy is stated in unconditional form, but it is clearly a negotiable one. As in Jonah, the pronouncement is meant to solicit some kind of response.

prophecy, determinism

CJB

2003-01-04

gen:020:006

This passage also suggest that a priority on having a clear conscience might also act as a sin-retardant (cf. Romans 14)

conscience

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:020:006

It is interesting to note that God 'honored' this pagan's clear conscience. God 'kept him' from progressive sinning, because his act was in 'ignorant innocence'. Some cases of 'ignorance' MAY therefore BE excusable before God. But had the man argued with God about his 'right' to take her, then the conditional judgment would have no doubt fallen. But its neat that God warned this man, and this is how much of the prophetic denunciation corpus is supposed to work.

conscience, pagans, gentiles, revelation, prophecy

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:020:007

The desired response--needed to 'undo' the judgment-worded-as-a-prophecy--is given here.

prophecy

CJB

2003-01-04

gen:021:019

The well had been there all along...she just didnt see it...sigh

dullness

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:022:018

The ultimate example of leverage: Because Abe obeyed, all nations will be blessed!

leverage

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:022:020

Verse attests to messengers and/or trade-route news sources.

sources

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:023:016

";He agreed"; shows it was a negotiation, not a gift offer.

trade

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:024:006

Abraham believes that the angel will somehow 'influence' the girl's will? His 'if she doesnt' clauses might have been only for the steward's benefit? Apart from protection by the angel, what did Abe think the angel would do to help the process? Providence? Changing of hearts?

sovereignty, will, providence, angels

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:024:006

Abe did not offer any fallback plans to the steward...only a boundary conditions about his son.

faith

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:024:007

Abe did not consider the possibility of failure, but the ";IF"; clause might have been for the sake of his steward?

faith, compromise

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:024:008

A conditional oath.

Oath

CJB

2003-01-04

gen:024:040

When the steward recounts Abe's words, he says that Abe used an umbrella phrase (";make your journey successful') to describe the angelic influence/operation. Not much precision here, for the interaction of divine and human (and angelic?) will.

precision, providence, faith

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:024:060

the blessing on Rebekah uses the same formula as that for Abraham ('possessing the gates')...Gen 22.17

women

ZSB(NAS)

2003-01-04

gen:025:008

This was a personal promise of God to Abe, in 15.15, but made here to a woman.

women

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:025:028

Isaac's preference was Esau was because of FOOD?! In the spite of the promises made at Esau/Jacob's birth?!!!

Esau, priority

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:026:004

It is interesting that in all the Patriarchal promises, God expresses and interest in blessing the WHOLE WORLD. He is not "anti-gentilic" at all. Other 'gods' were generally thought to care only for their 'clients'.

Heart of God, nations, world, love, gentiles

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:026:005

Abraham is said to have obeyed 'torah' (pre-Mosaic, of course). Torah is NOT identified exclusively with the Mosaic system (e.g., Ark, Levites)

torah, law

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:026:010

Here Isaac's deception would have resulted in guilt for a 'ignorant innocent', but perhaps this is a 'only hypothetical' case, since God used a different M.O. (i.e., providence instead of direct disclosure in dreams) to alert the king to the truth.

innocence, conscience, guilt

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:027:013

Rebekah declared herself as a substitute for any possible curse upon Jacob. This suggests that curses were 'transferable' (as in Jesus becoming a curse for US).

curses, substitution

ZSB(NAS)

2003-01-04

gen:027:023

This whole blessing scene is odd--why did the blessing still 'stick', when Isaac THOUGHT he was blessing Esau? The words of the blessing were generic ('son') and therefore ambiguous--and might have partaken of some of the 'fuzzy referent' known in later prophecies (cf. 1 Pet 1.10)

prophecy

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:028:006

Esau had apparently not consulted his parents on HIS marriages? What WAS he thinking, given that day and age, and his OWN parents' experiences?! He really does seem less-than-fit sometimes.

Esau

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:028:012

The phrase is the same as in the Babel incident

Babel

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:028:015

God was not limited to a specific geography--contra most/all of ANE theology

Omnipotence

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:028:022

Abe tithed to Melky, but how did Jacob tithe? Sacrifices at that place (Bethel)? By funding a worship center there, around the memorial? it obviously later became a major religious center.

tithe

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:031:047

We have both Aramaic and Hebrew for the same phrase (heap of witness) here. Both languages in use at this time.

Aramaic

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:031:053

Laban is clearly a polytheist, and differentiates between the god of Abraham and of Nahor. But Jacob participates in this polytheistic ritual, but knows clearly that his God is all that matters to him.

polytheism, compromise

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:031:054

The sacrifices to enact the covenant were then eaten (ritually) as part of the process. I noted the similarity to John 6 in the margin...

covenant sacrifice

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:035:007

This is one of the few verses where Elohim (pl) is used with a plural verb (often the verb is singular).

Trinity

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:037:027

I found the SELECTIVE use of the minor premise (";he is our flesh and blood') in the 'no killing' but NOT in the 'selling' argument to be despicable...and too much like some of my own 'selective logic' about values...

Treachery, rationalization

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:038:019

Clothes as markers of social status/situation

Social markers

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:039:020

This is one of the cases in which Adonai is used in the plural to refer to a single person ('plural of dignity' ?). Supports the notion that the old 'plural of majesty' is NOT indicative of the 'trinity' per se, since it can apply to humans as well.

Trinity

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:041:032

The 'doubling' comment--does this imply that SOME things are NOT fixed by God?

Openness, determinism

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:041:041

Joseph went from lowest to highest (slave to co-ruler)! No problem of extremes for God!

Providence, exaltation

ZSB(NIV)

2003-01-04

gen:041:045

It is ironic that Joseph marriages the elite daughter of POTIPHERA, after having been a slave in the house of POTIPHER earlier!

irony

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:042:021

They understood about 'reaping what you sow'. What they did to J ('distress') was coming back upon them.

retribution, talion, judgment

ZSB(NIV)

2003-01-04

gen:042:022

Joseph overheard this conversation--did he know that Reuben had tried to rescue him the first time?


HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:042:022

this 'accounting' was not legal, but somehow in providence. 'Give accounting' must mean in this case something like 'receive a recompense--from a judge--commensurate with their culpability'

retribution, talion

ZSB(NIV)

2003-01-04

gen:042:036

";You have deprived me";--did Jacob know at this point about the treachery?


HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:043:025

The gifts from his home would have probably flooded Joseph with memories.


HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:044:001

The Egyptian steward was aware and involved in all of Joseph's 'questionable' actions here. I cannot tell from the text how the author views this deception and manipulation.

ethics

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:044:028

Maybe Jacob did NOT know of the treachery.


HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:044:033

a case of ransom-substitution

ransom, substitution

HCSB (NRSV)

2003-01-04

gen:045:005

The text says that God 'sent' Joseph, and NOT that He 'sold' Joseph. The various stands of 'causality' are separated a little here. It is not clear whether Joseph believed that God would have SENT him to Egypt SOME OTHER WAY, had his brothers not betrayed him.

sovereignty, providence, will, governance

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:048:020

God blessed the 'underdog', but not in exclusion to the other one!

election

HebInter

2003-01-04

gen:049:006

This oracle clearly condemns cruelty to animals (e.g., hamstringing of ox for purposes of entertainment--as opposed to perhaps wartime needs?)

cruelty

HebInter

2003-01-04




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