Notes: Genesis 1-3, Job 1

Genesis 1-3Job 1

Bible Narrative Project

Readings to discuss:

How was the Genesis creation story interpreted before Darwin?
What were the Christian responses to Darwin?
How does the Fall fit into evolutionary history? Were Adam and Eve historical figures?
At what point in the evolutionary process did humans attain “the image of God”?
Was there death before the Fall?
more

It is fascinating to read the beginning of Genesis and the whole of Job together…to compare them. Satan (meaning accuser/adversary; the serpent in Genesis) comes up in both of them, up to the same old tricks in both of them. And the humans involved…they always have a choice (freedom is at the center of both narratives–smack dab in the middle of the Garden, even, in Genesis). They both start out “righteous”. Adam and Eve have their fruit and they take it, Job has his cursing…but refuses it (Adam and Job are both badly influenced by their wives, but Job refuses the influence, whereas Adam passes the blame to his wife, who passes the blame to the serpent). Adam and Eve are aware of Satan (the serpent), Job is not. Adam and Eve do not consult God (to which they have access)–Job has a long speech/prayer, though he does not know if God will even answer. And in the end, God speaks to them both, and they both have to live with the consequences of their choices. Adam and Eve chose apart from God and so get separation from him, Job spoke to God throughout his struggle and is restored. And, in the ‘real’ end (there really is only one), Satan loses, either way.

It is fascinating to read the beginning of Genesis and the whole of Job together…to compare them. Satan (meaning accuser/adversary; the serpent in Genesis) comes up in both of them, up to the same old tricks in both of them. And the humans involved…they always have a choice (freedom is at the center of both narratives–smack dab in the middle of the Garden, even, in Genesis). They both start out “righteous”. Adam and Eve have their fruit and they take it, Job has his cursing…but refuses it (Adam and Job are both badly influenced by their wives, but Job refuses the influence, whereas Adam passes the blame to his wife, who passes the blame to the serpent). Adam and Eve are aware of Satan (the serpent), Job is not. Adam and Eve do not consult God (to which they have access)–Job has a long speech/prayer, though he does not know if God will even answer. And in the end, God speaks to them both, and they both have to live with the consequences of their choices. Adam and Eve chose apart from God and so get separation from him, Job spoke to God throughout his struggle and is restored. And, in the ‘real’ end (there really is only one), Satan loses, either way.

Job not occurring until at least the fourth generation after Abraham is kind of hard to determine, and where in the Genesis narrative would it be best to place Job in that light? I couldn’t decide. So I decided to just interweave it w/ all of Genesis. Plus there are the parallels :)

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About Maryann

Maryann Spikes is the past President of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. She blogs at Ichthus77, and loves apologetics and philosophy. In particular she loves to study all things Euthyphro Dilemma and Golden Rule. A para-educator (autism) for five years, she holds a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an AA in Humanities via Modesto Junior College, and moonlights as a freelancer. You can follow her on Twitter @Ichthus77, connect with the Ichthus77 community on Facebook, or look her up on Google+.
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