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Genesis:

Volume I of Commentaries on the Pentateuch

Genesis begins the Bible, and is foundational to it. In recent years, it has become commonplace for both humanists and churchmen to sneer at anyone who takes Genesis 1-11 as historical. Yet to believe in the myth of evolution is to accept trillions of miracles to account for our cosmos. Spontaneous generation, the development of something out of nothing, and the blind belief in the miraculous powers of chance, require tremendous faith. Darwinism is irrationality and insanity compounded. Theology without literal six-day creationism becomes alien to the God of Scripture because it turns from the God Who acts and Whose Word is the creative word and the word of power, to a belief in process as god. The god of the non-creationists is the creation of man and a figment of their imagination. They must play games with the Bible to vindicate their position. Evolution is both naive and irrational. Its adherents violate the scientific canons they profess by their fanatical and intolerant belief. The entire book of Genesis is basic to Biblical theology. The church needs to re-study it to recognize its centrality.

Genesis – Index

Volume I of Commentaries on the Pentateuch

Introduction

1. Genesis 1: The Source (Genesis 1:1-31)

2. Genesis 1: The Purpose of Creation

3. Genesis 1: Created Man

4. The Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3)

5. The Creation of Man (Genesis 2:4-7)

6. The Test (Genesis 2:8-25)

7. Marriage (Genesis 2:21-25)

8. The Temptation (Genesis 3:1-6)

9. The Fall of Man and the Curse (Genesis 3:7-21)

10. The Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22-24)

11. Cain (Genesis 4:1-15)

12. Lamech and Seth (Genesis 4:16-26)

13. Adam, Seth, and Enos (Genesis 5:1-8)

14. From Cainan to Noah (Genesis 5:9-32)

15. Mixed Marriages (Genesis 6:1-4)

16. Noah and Eschatology (Genesis 6:5-22)

17. The Judgment of the Old World (Genesis 7:1-24)

18. The Flood Ends (Genesis 8:1-22)

19. Be Fruitful, and Multiply (Genesis 9:1-7)

20. The Covenant (Genesis 9:7-17)

21. The Curse of Canaan (Genesis 9:18-29)

22. The Warfare Renewed (Genesis 10:1-14)

23. Canaan’s Line (Genesis 10:15-20)

24. The Unity of Mankind (Genesis 10:21-32)

25. The Society of Satan (Genesis 11:1-9)

26. The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)

27. The Tower of Babel, 2 (Genesis 11:1-9)

28. The Focus (Genesis 11:10-32)

29. The Call of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-9)

30. Abram in Egypt (Genesis 12:10-20)

31. Abram and Lot (Genesis 13:1-18)

32. Abram and Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

33. The Great Covenant (Genesis 15:1-21)

34. Hagar (Genesis 16:1-16)

35. The Promise: Father of Many Nations (Genesis 17:1-27)

36. The Justice of God (Genesis 18:1-33)

37. Lot’s Rescue (Genesis 19:1-38)

38. Abimelech of Gerar (Genesis 20:1-18)

39. The Covenant with Abimelech (Genesis 21:1-34)

40. The Expanded Promise (Genesis 22:1-24)

41. The Death of Sarah (Genesis 23:1-20)

42. Rebekah and God’s Particularity (Genesis 24:1-67)

43. Keturah and Esau (Genesis 25:1-34)

44. Isaac at Gerar (Genesis 26:1-35)

45. The Blessing (Genesis 27:1-46)

46. Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:1-22)

47. Jacob in Haran (Genesis 29:1-35)

48. Jacob’s Way (Genesis 30:1-43)

49. Jacob’s Departure (Genesis 31:1-55)

50. The Prince of God (Genesis 32:1-32)

51. The Meeting with Esau (Genesis 33:1-20)

52. The Rape of Dinah (Genesis 34:1-31)

53. A Cleansing and a Funeral (Genesis 35:1-29)

54. The Family Records of Esau (Genesis 36:1-43)

55. Joseph is Sold into Egypt (Genesis 37:1-36)

56. Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38:1-30)

57. Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 39:1-23)

58. Dreams and God (Genesis 40:1-23)

59. Joseph as Vizier, or Prime Minister (Genesis 41:1-57)

60. The First Journey to Egypt (Genesis 42:1-38)

61. Approaching the Nourisher (Genesis 43:1-34)

62. Benjamin and His Brothers (Genesis 44:1-34)

63. Joseph Reveals Himself (Genesis 45:1-28)

64. The Journey of Israel into Egypt (Genesis 46:1-34)

65. Jacob Meets the Pharaoh (Genesis 47:1-31)

66. Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:1-22)

67. Jacob’s Blessing (Genesis 49:1-33)

68. The Death of Joseph (Genesis 50:1-26)

Afterword

Endnotes

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder