Fall and Salvation History. Image and likeness of God. Genesis 3. Ideas of the Fall & Original Sin. Stories of origins. Covenants: four major aspects. Creation and the Expulsion from Paradise. Core Christian beliefs about creation. God created the world by his Word.
Image and likeness of God.
Ideas of the Fall & Original Sin.
Stories of origins.
Covenants: four major aspects.
Creation and the Expulsion from Paradise
N. B.: ‘core beliefs’ are not the same as literal details of one of creation accounts in Genesis!
“He [man] engages in play, is capable of abstract thought, laughter, formation and use of symbols, of learning and using symbolic language, of learning to distinguish between good and evil, to feel reverence and piety.”
--Theodosius Dobzhansky, The Biology of Ultimate Concern, p. 54.
O Adam, what have you done?
For though it was you who sinned, the fall was not yours alone, but ours also who are your descendents.
--4 Ezra (late 1th c. C.E.) 7: 118. 9
The first Adam, burdened with an evil heart, transgressed, and was overcome, as were also all who were descended from him.
--4 Ezra 3: 21.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned… Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.
--Romans 5: 12, 14.
The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclinations of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. (Gen 6: 5-6).
Now the earth was corrupt and the earth was filled with violence. (Gen 6: 11).
The inclination of the human heart is evil from youth. (Gen 8: 21).
1.Gen 1 & 2: Origin of the world and of human race
2. Gen 3: Origin of moral evil (sin).
3. Gen 12-25: Origin of Israel.
Patriarchs: Abraham—Isaac—Jacob—12 sons.
Abraham lived in Ur of the Chaldeans (modern Iraq) ca. 1850-1750 BC.
Covenant with Abraham
Genesis 12:2-3; 13:14-17; 15:1-21; 17:1-27