IV. Outline

IV. Outline

  1. Primeval History (1:1-11:26)
    1. Creation (1:1-2:25)
      1. The origin of the universe (1:1-2:3)
      2. The origin of man (2:4-25)
    2. Sin Enters the Created Order (3:1-6:8)
      1. The fall of man (3:1-24)
      2. The spread of sin (4:1-16)
      3. The descendants of Cain (4:17-24)
      4. The birth of Seth (4:25-26)
      5. The ten patriarchs from Adam to Noah (5:1-32)
      6. The wickedness of the people of the earth (6:1-8)
    3. Judgment of Sin (6:9-9:17)
      1. The Flood (6:9-8:19)
      2. The covenant of the rainbow (8:20-9:17)
    4. Sin Continues Unabated (9:18-11:26)
      1. Noah's blessings and curses (9:18-29)
      2. The Table of Nations descended from Noah (10:1-32)
      3. The confusion of languages at Babel (11:1-9)
      4. The descendants of Shem (11:10-26)
  2. Patriarchal History (11:27-50:26)
    1. Abraham (11:27-25:18)
      1. Abram's call to obedience (11:27-14:24)
      2. God's commitment to the covenant (15:1-18:15)
        1. The covenant dramatized (15:1-21)
        2. The birth of Ishmael (16:1-16)
        3. Abram becomes Abraham (17:1-27)
        4. The promise of Isaac (18:1-15)
      3. Abraham's failure: Covenant in jeopardy (18:16-21:34)
        1. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (18:16-19:38)
        2. Abraham's sin at Gerar (20:1-18)
        3. The birth of Isaac (21:1-34)
      4. Abraham's success: The test of obedience (22:1-24)
      5. The future of the covenant assured (23:1-25:18)
        1. The death of Sarah (23:1-20)
        2. A bride for Isaac (24:1-67)
        3. The death of Abraham (25:1-18)
    2. Jacob (25:19-37:2)
      1. Jacob's deceitful character (25:19-27:45)
        1. Jacob cheats his brother Esau (25:19-34)
        2. Isaac moves to Gerar (26:1-35)
        3. Jacob deceives Isaac (27:1-45)
      2. Jacob's sojourn in Paddan Aram (27:46-31:55)
        1. The journey to Haran (27:46-28:22)
        2. Jacob's wives and children (29:1-30:24)
        3. Jacob's crisis with Laban (30:25-31:55)
      3. Jacob's transformation (32:1-32)
      4. Jacob's return to Canaan (33:1-37:2)
        1. Jacob's crisis with Esau (33:1-17)
        2. Events in Canaan (33:18-35:29)
        3. Esau's descendants (36:1-37:2)
    3. Joseph (37:2-50:26)
      1. The consequences of Joseph's prophetic dreams (37:2-41:57)
        1. Joseph's brothers (37:1-38:30)
        2. Imprisonment (39:1-40:23)
        3. Promotion (41:1-57)
      2. God's providence acknowledged (42:1-47:31)
        1. Joseph's brothers come to Egypt (42:1-44:34)
        2. Joseph reveals himself to his brothers (45:1-28)
        3. Jacob journeys to Egypt (46:1-47:31)
      3. The covenantal blessing carried forward (48:1-50:26)
        1. Jacob blesses the sons of Joseph (48:1-22)
        2. Jacob bestows blessings on his own sons (49:1-28)
        3. Death and burial of Jacob (49:29-50:14)
        4. Joseph's dream for the future (50:15-26)