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Six Interesting Findings from the Book of Genesis

Updated on October 10, 2019
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Paul was born and grew up in Wisconsin. He is married to a Thai and living in Thailand. He has Swiss, German, and Austrian ancestry.

Reading the Bible and the Book of Genesis

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I remember being introduced to the Bible and the Book of Genesis as a first and second-grade student. At that time in the early 1950s, I was attending a Catholic School in West Allis, Wisconsin. When I wasn't learning about the creation of man and the world in my catechism during religion class, I was reading it in a big illustrated Bible which mom and dad had at home. I accepted everything I learned and read without questioning when I was very young.

As I got older, I read the Bible less although I heard and read scriptures from the Old and New Testament while attending Catholic Church Masses on Sundays. The Bible never really excited me throughout most of my life. Now that I am older and realizing my mortality, I want to examine the whole Bible as both a historical work and the word of God.

In this article, I start with the first book of the Old Testament, The Book of Genesis. Genesis gives a historical account beginning with the creation of the world, universe, and Adam and Eve the first human beings. It ends with Jacob who God calls Israel, his son Joseph, and the other 11 sons living in Egypt.

My purpose is not to summarize the Book of Genesis but rather to highlight what I feel are six interesting findings.

Debunking the Scientific Theories of Creation and Evolution

The Book of Genesis disproves the scientific theories of creation and evolution. God created the earth, universe, and everything in it in six days and then rested on the seventh day. Genesis 1 and 2:2 (NIV). This disparages the big bang and other scientific theories explaining the creation of the universe.

Genesis also states that God created Adam as the first man and Eve the first woman. 2 (NIV). This debunks the theory of evolution expounded by Darwin which claims that man evolved from the primates.


Early Humans Lived Extremely Long Lives

I was awed to read in Genesis that Adam and his early descendants lived extremely long lives. Adam lived until the age of 930 and his sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons lived between the ages of 365-965. 5 (NIV).

This is difficult to believe because today the oldest living people are only on this earth for about 120 years. Perhaps Adam and his descendants counted years differently than we do today. Could it be that one of their years was only equivalent to two of our months today?

Fathering Children at an Extremely Old Age

Genesis states that Adam had a son at the age of 130. Jared became a father at 162, Methuselah at 187, and Lamech at 182 when he had a son named Noah. 5 (NIV) It is extremely rare for a man aged 90 to father a child today.

Unheard of Natural Disasters

During the time of Noah, God destroyed all of the wicked people other than Noah and his family by having it rain continuously for 40 days and nights. This caused a great flood which Noah survived in by building a great ark. 6-8 (NIV)

Later, God destroyed the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with burning sulfur. 19 (NIV) Is it possible that these cities were near exploding volcanoes?

Numerous Cases of Incest

I was shocked to read about numerous cases of incest in the Book of Genesis. Most striking was the account of Lot and his daughters when the two daughters seduced their father on consecutive nights while he was drunk on wine. 19:30-38 (NIV)

Joseph Becomes Pharaoh's Right-Hand Man

Joseph the youngest son of Jacob was sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt. The Midianites then sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiplas, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard. Two years later, Pharaoh had a dream and asked Joseph if he could interpret it. Through the power of God, Joseph revealed that there would be seven years of abundance in Egypt followed by seven years of famine. Joseph also came up with a plan to save one-fifth of the harvests during the abundant years to be used during the famine years. Impressed with Joseph's plan through the spirit of God, Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of his palace. 41 (NIV)

Summary

The book of Genesis has other interesting findings, but I find the above six most eye-opening.

© 2019 Paul Richard Kuehn

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    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you for your comments. Everything I know about God is from my Catholic teaching, the Bible, and personal experiences.

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      charlie 

      5 weeks ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      hmmmmm what god do you guys follow, surely not the God CREATOR OF ALL THINGS, He is clearly not known by you. You may know OF Him but not KNOW HIM

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      It is difficult to reconcile the Bible's teachings with scientific theories. I, too, hope that one day all of our questions will be answered. Thanks for your comments, Peg.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I am glad you liked my article, Pamela, and I appreciate your comment.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Yes, more than 900 years is an astonishing lifespan. Thanks for commenting, Louise.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 weeks ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Enjoyed your findings from the Book of Genesis. One of my favorite passages is, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." We grew up in Bible study classes, with sayings like, "Old as Methuselah." I questioned the theories studied in school about dinosaurs and evolution versus the Bible's teachings. Hoping that one day all our questions will be answered.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I wondered about the long years of life and also wondered if they counted time differently at that time. I always liked the story of joseph. This was a good review of Genesis, so thank you..

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      Louise Powles 

      5 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes, I always wondered if their 'years' were shorter or different to how consider a year nowadays. 900+ years is certainly not an age any human being would live to.

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