Joseph, the Bridge Between the Abrahamic and Mosaic Covenants (Gen. 37-50)

The Joseph narrative is the longest in Genesis, occupying nearly a quarter of the book by itself.  The length may be due to the fact that this narrative would have been the most relevant to God’s people as they came out of Egypt, connecting the covenant promises God gave to the patriarchs with the fulfillment … Continue reading Joseph, the Bridge Between the Abrahamic and Mosaic Covenants (Gen. 37-50)

The Continuation of the Covenant Under Isaac (Gen. 24:1-28:9)

The literary division of Genesis along the lines of generations (Heb. toledot) goes from 25:19 until the end of ch. 35, but narratively the focus shifts at 28:10 from Isaac and his immediate family to his son Jacob in particular.  In the Genesis narrative, the account of Jacob provides the pivotal connection between the patriarchal … Continue reading The Continuation of the Covenant Under Isaac (Gen. 24:1-28:9)

The Covenant with Abraham (Gen. 12-22)

There are multiple episodes in the development of God’s covenant with Abraham, but they should be treated as all part of one covenant.  In international diplomacy, the sum total of multiple agreements between two covenant-making parties—larger agreements and smaller ones, formal and informal, and precedents set in the history of relations between two parties—is known … Continue reading The Covenant with Abraham (Gen. 12-22)

Renewed Rebellion and the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9)

Sandwiched between the genealogies of Noah’s sons and the specific line of Shem is the short, but noteworthy, account of the Tower of Babel.  This account shows the advancement of God’s Covenant of Grace despite man’s resistance to the contrary, and marks the transition to God’s direct redemptive activity. The account of the Tower of … Continue reading Renewed Rebellion and the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9)