Who wrote Genesis?
A figure who appears in them perhaps...scholars disagree
part of the Pentateuch
From Creation to Abraham
Ancestors of Israel
Broadly about all humanity
Aetiology (account of the cause or reason for a thing)
Beginning of Genesis
The first creation story a proliferation of distinctions between "this" an that"
Creation of Man
Different because unlike beasts humans are like God
God wants to get rid of man
Humans have crucial property of eternal being and ethical responsibility, but bad disposition-get rid of them! Humans constantly want to be like God!
Tower of Babel
First thing other than by God to be created
passes very quickly at beginning of Genesis but then slows down significantly with Abraham and Noah
could mean semen. Humans are vegetarian at first by the way, and seeds are what help plants procreate. The individuals God favors are the ones who will be special in procreation. He's really into multiplication
granted to those who he favors
Reason for flood?
Uncertain. But God's pissed when his sons mate with female humans, so he shortens their lifespans.
Chooses land of Sodom and Gorrah, but God is pissed with homosexuality and other weird things going on there...because they are wasting seed! Sodom and Gorrah are burned, but Lot's daughters sleep with him so that they may preserve his seed. God does not punish them.
Rebecca and he have trouble having kids. Abraham takes him to an altar to be burned.