Genesis Chapter 16

Hello! I’m back from a nearly year-long hiatus. It’s Spring Break, so I have enough free time that I can justify working on a post.

It’s funny that this chapter includes the original “handmaid’s tale,” since I actually taught The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood to my students this past semester. It was received well by the students — by one parent in particular, not so much.

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Genesis Chapter 10

Chapter 10 is mostly just another montage “family tree” chapter, listing the sons of the sons of the sons, etc. So because of its brevity, I decided to have a bit of fun. There’s a whole bushel of interesting names here, some of which I’ve highlighted below. I’m not making any of these up.

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Genesis Chapters 7 & 8

Author’s Note: I decided to combine these chapters because they are part of the same story, and otherwise Chapter 7’s post would have been very short.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Genesis 7 shows the first indications of the importance of the number seven. The “clean beasts” and “fowls” are brought into the ark “by sevens,” as instructed by God, and it was “after seven days” that the floodwaters came upon the earth (7:8-10).

The number seven, of course, is already significant because that’s how many days it took for God to create the earth plus one day of rest. This motif of a single number is a classic literary technique, and I’m sure it’s why seven has been and still is an important number in Western culture. (Harry Potter, anyone?)

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