Genesis Lecture Notes

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Boston University
Core Curriculum
CAS CC 101
Monica Patterson

9/10/2013 ● Torah is considered the laws for the jewish people. ○ The stories are there for guidance, but they are not very important. ● Christians see the laws as being not valid. ○ They believe in the death and subsequent rising of Christ. ○ They take the stories to be literal. ● The law commands you. ● The story of creation ○ There was no opposition or background into where God came from. ○ Genesis does not mention heaven and hell. ○ It only tells you the things you need to know. ● Garden of Eden ○ Shows human deviance from God’s original view. ○ Eve is driven away because of her curiosity. ■ Curiosity came from the devil. ○ Humankind receives many losses. ■ Tensions between genders. ■ Giving birth pains ■ Hard to grow food out of the ground. ● Cities were the source of evil. ○ Cain founded the first city. ○ God smited the tower of Babel in Babalon. ● Migrants are seen in a better view, by them living off of the divine hand. ○ Goat and sheep herders. ○ They end up in Egypt, and they later become enslaved. ● Moses is given divine intervention, so that he can go against the Egyptian pharohs. ○ They travel in the desert to the promised land for 40 years, and God gives them their rules and revelations. ● The israelites break into 12 clans. ○ They become divided over a leader, some wanted a king. ○ Kingdoms are formed, and eventually they all decline. ● The judeans went to Babylon. ○ From there they wrote books, while they were in exile. ■ The result of the bible showed how they ignored the laws given to them by God, and how their society declined. ● The creation shows that Earth is a good place. ○ There are only faint echoes of mythology in the context. ● The elements on Earth lose their divinity. ○ This is a hard concept for other groups to accept. ● The focus of the bible shows that there is a divine being, but humans have the option whether or not to obey to his teachings. ○ There are no tragedy stories of the limits of human beings. ■ Except times when God fails to intervene. ● There is a constant stream of human disobedience and divine punishment. ● The earlier generations are always listed as being more religious. ● Human life is very fragile, and it is never secure. ● Yhwh is the english version of the named God in the hebrew bible. ○ He speaks to the prophets, so that his words will be conveyed to other humans. ● Elohem, another named version of God, creates the world. ○ There are named differently in different parts of the bible. ● Yhwh become the law giver to the humans. ○ He focused mainly on the Israelite community. ● The biblical God was very political. ○ He engaged only with a particular people. ○ He gave laws and a specific piece of land for the israelite people to live in. ● He had a huge desire to persuade the group to follow his laws. ○ He felt that the success of the human race could only be attained by lving by the commandments he gave. ○ He felt that the laws were a good thing, making it possible for life on Earth. ○ He felt that the law and creation were the same thing, and they were both good. ● The majority of the stories are based upon the grounds of persuasion. ○ God ultimately helped humans out, and he forgave them with his mercy because he deeply cares. ○ God is loyal and he maintained a covenant with humans even when they broke it. ○ You can be sure of God’s trust if you follow the laws, but it’s the human’s fault if they deviate. ● The torah
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