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Relationship to Genesis 1-11b. Chapter 10-11a is the creation story. The relationship of Chapter 10-11a to the rest of the Adam-Noah cycle is discussed at Genesis 1-11b.
Story. Chapter 10-11a consists of two major sections:
- Verses 10:1-32: Non-birthright genealogy.
- Verses 11:1-9: Narrative of the Tower of Babel.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapter 10-11a include:
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- Gen 10:1: These are the generations. Genesis 10:1-11:9 is introduced with the phrase "Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah (Gen 10:1), indicating that a new section of the book of Genesis is starting.
- Gen 10:25: The earth was divided. We read that in the days of Peleg the earth was divided. In the previous chapter, we are learning about the sons of Japeth, Ham and Shem. In 10:4-5 it reads that the sons of Javan [Japeth's son] that the "isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one at his tongue, after their families in their nations." Then in verses 8-10, the grandson of Ham, Nimrod, builds a mighty city Babel. This is where the tower was being built and the Lord confounded their languages. It seems that instead of thinking that the physical earth separated into continents during Peleg's days, that all of these verses indicate that the "lands were divided" into separations of language/family into nations at that time.
- Gen 11:9: Babel. The Hebrew word babel in verse 9 is usually translated as "Babylon." There's a word play here: To the Babylonians, the word babel meant "gate of God." But it sounds like the balal, a Hebrew word for "confusion."
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