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What is the debate concerning the literary genre of Genesis?

Strictly literal, or complex literature featuring spiritual truths and ancient historiography?


What is ancient historiography?

The writing of history by ancient people. Incorporates facts and metaphysics.


What are the two components of ancient historiography?

Cosmic and human history.


In the Bible, where is the beginning of real history? Where is the real history boundary?

At Genesis 11-12, with Abraham.


What are the 4 major motifs in Genesis?

1. De Novo Creation.
2. Lost Idyllic Age.
3. Tribal Formation.
4. Great Flood.


What is De-Novo Creation?

Quick and complete origin of the universe and life, including most times a first man and a first woman.


What is Lost Idyllic Age?

A something-went-wrong-in-the-world account. Disruption of an original harmony in the world and continuing effects of this event into the present.


What is Tribal Formation?

Origin of a people/nation from a single founding male individual.


What is the Great Flood?

Destruction of life and the survival of a few humans and some animals in a boat.


Where is the belief of the Great Flood often found'?

In communities living in regions susceptible to flooding.


What is the date of appearance of Hebrews in the ANE?

1200 BC/E


Human sin is termed the ___ ___ ___.

Fall of Humanity.


When Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit and suffering and death enter the world, it is known as the ___ ___.

Cosmic fall.


What are the 3 takeaways that should be taken from Genesis?

1. Literary genre is key.
2. The challenge and the confusion.
3. The suggested conclusion.


What is the literary genre of Genesis 1-11?

The suggested genre is an Ancient Origins Account. More specifically, it is the Ancient Origins Account go the Hebrews inspired by the Holy Spirit.


What is the challenge and the confusion in Genesis 1-11?

The redactor's authorial intention was to write cosmic history and human history, with some poetic and stylistic "dressing up" of facts.


What is the suggested solution in interpreting Genesis?

Separate, don't conflate the incidentals and the messages.