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Who was the author of the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)?



The primary overareaching purpose of the Old Testament

The prophetic revelation and historical preparation for the Messiah, the deliverer of Israel (and all the world)


The first five books of the Old Testament are traditionally known as:

The law
The Torah
The Pentateuch


Genesis 1-11

Primeval (primordial) History


Genesis 12-50

Patriarchal History (Fathers of Israel)


There are at least four primary and faith-based interpretations of Gen. 1-3 ; Gap Theory, Old Earth Creation, Young Earth Creation, and Archetypal (Representative) truth. what joining factor do each of these share, if there is one?

Special Creation" view of origins and purpose - that Creator God is the source and designer of all things.


When it comes to various faith-based views on the early chapters of Genesis, an important qualifier was shared in class, as a basis for the possibility of a view being considered as "Bible-believing." Which of the following best summarizes that important qualifier?

They must hold to the principal theological and moral messages of Gen. 1-11, as it relates to Creation-creature relationship, origins of Creation and life, procreative purpose (design of sexuality), sin, redemption, etc.


how has God made himself known to the world?

By disclosing himself (his power and existence) indirectly, in the created order.
By directly revealing himself to people in various ways, both by interacting in person, and through the vehicle of words, which have become Scripture.


what can be said in summary of the primary direction that Genesis points us, as we think about God, and the purpose and nature of life?

Genesis is a fundamentally optimistic book, relating to us the grandeur of God, and his intentions for all of Creation and humanity and how, in spite of humankind’s propensity towards sin and destruction (and the terrifying judgment of God over sinful humanity), God has done more than simply create – he has chosen to intervene to cleanse and restore. Hope has arisen in his special selection of a people that will one day lead to the full realization of a total restoration of Creation.