By Bill T. Arnold

This obtainable advent to the ebook of Genesis examines introductory matters, overarching issues, and the final argument of the e-book.

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Though eating the forbid­ den fruit was not a sexual act (as some have suggested), sex has been one way in which hu­ mans have most often at­ tempted to usurp God's au­ thority. Outside marriage, sex destroys relationships. Within marriage, it is God's joyous way of building relationships (1 Cor 7 :3 5 ‫)־‬. Sexual tempta­ tions are difficult to withstand because they appeal to our normal and natural God-given desires. But God has assured us we will not be tempted be­ yond our ability to resist, with the help of his Holy Spirit (1 Cor 10:13).

41 What's Wrong with This Picture? The L ord our God said to us at Horeb, "You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. " —Dt 1:6-8a Primary Readings: Excerpts from the Epic of Atrahasis, the Enuma Elish, the Memphis Creation Story (RA N E1) Outline • Who Were Israel's Neighbors?

Events outside the Garden of Eden (4) The forgiving grace of God made life possible after the loss of the Garden of Eden. Their enlightened eyes revealed to Adam and Eve their shame and disgrace. Their primitive "fig leaves" were inade­ quate for the cruelties of their new harsh life outside the garden (3:7). But God gra-! ciously clothed Adam and Eve in suitable! garments (3:21), and they were permitted; to continue life elsewhere. The tragic events of Genesis 4 illustrate the harsh realities of the life Adam and Eve must now shape for themselves out­ side the Garden of Eden.

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