Genesis 13-15

Genesis 13-15

Chapter 13: Abram’s Seed

Abram leaves Egypt with Lot and Sarai. We learn that Abram was a very wealthy man, with lots of cattle, silver and gold. They return to the place where they were before reaching Egypt, between Beth-el and Hai, where he had built an altar unto the Lord.

Lot’s herdmen and Abram’s herdmen get into a fight and Abram asks Lot (to avoid more contention and fighting) to just go his own way, Lot decides this is best as well and he separates from Abram. Lot journeys to the plain of Jordan, and Abram stays behind in the land of Canaan.  Abram pitches his tent toward Sodom, which we learn is full of wickedness and sin.

Once Lot and Abram were separated, God tells Abram that his seed will be numbered as the dust of the earth. God tells Abram that he can have any land he wants, and he decides to go to the plain of Mamre in Hebron, where he builds an altar unto the Lord.

Chapter 14: Melchizedek and Abram

In the days of…

  • Amraphel king of Shinar
  • Arioch king of Ellasar
  • Chedorlaomer king of Elam
  • Tidal king of the nations

Started war with…

  • Bera king of Sodom
  • Birsha king of Gomorrah
  • Shinab king of Admah
  • Shemeber king of Zebojim
  • Zoar king of Bela.

For twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

This battle goes on for a while, known as the “Battle of the kings”

They took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Lot and all his goods. When Abram finds out that his nephew Lot was taken captive he takes 318 of his own men and pursues them into Dan. He continues to pursue them until he has all the goods and all the goods of Lot, Lot and his women.

Melchizedek, the king of Salem comes forth to bless Abram and breaks bread and brings wine to bless them, as he was a high priest of God. Abram gives Melchizedek tithes.

Chapter 15: Abram Receives Offspring

Abram is a little upset, because he has no offspring. He asks God in a vision why he cannot have offspring, the Lord re-assures him that if he can count the number of stars in heaven… so shall the number of his offspring be.

Genesis 10-12

Genesis 10-12

Chapter 10: The Generation of Noah

These are the families of the sons of Noah, divided into nations after the flood.

  • Japeth begat: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meschech and Tiras.
    • Gomer begat: Ashkenaz, Riphath, Togarmah,.
    • Javan begat: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, Dodanim.
    • Ham begat: Cush, Mizraim, Phut, Canaan.
      • Canaan begat: Sidon, Heth, Jebusite, Amorite, Girgasite, Hivite, Arkite, Sinite, Arvadite, Zemarite, Hamathite.
        • The border of the Canaanites was from Sidon to Gerar unto Gaza, Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim and Lasha.
  • Mizraim begat: Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim, Caphtorim.
    • Casluhim begat: Philistim
  • Cush begat: Nimrod, Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabtecha
    • Raamah begat: Sheba and Dedan
    • Shem begat: Eber,Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, Aram.
      • Aram begat: Uz, Hul, Gether, Mash
      • Arphaxad begat: Salah
        • Salah begat: Eber
          • Eber begat: Peleg and Joktan (and in his days the earth was divided, pangea?)
            • Joktan begat: Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obaj, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, Jobab.
            • The dwelling of the family of Joktan was from Mesh to Sephar a mountain in the east.

Chapter 11: One Language/The Tower of Babel

We learn that all men on the earth spoke the same language. The people go to the land of Shinar and decide to build a city and a tower out of bricks to reach heaven. God goes down and confounds their language and causes them to not understand each other’s speech. The city and the tower is named “Babel”. God scatters the people all over the world. Remember the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon? They came from the time of the scattering of the Tower of Babel! This was after the world was “separated” as well, meaning that the Jaredites came over across the sea, and landed somewhere in the South/Central America that we know today. Some scholars say that the Jaredites left the Tower of Babel and landed somewhere in current day Peru.

  • Eber begat Peleg:
    • Peleg begat: Reu
      • Reu begat: Serug
        • Serug begat: Nahor
          • Nahor begat: Terah
            • Terah begat: Abram, Nahor, Haran
              • Haran begat: Lot, Milcah and Iscah
              • Abram and Nahor got married; the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah the daughter of Haran.Abram’s wife, Sarai was barren and unable to have children. Terah, took Abram, Lot, Sarai and went forth to Ur to the land of Canaan, unto Haran to dwell there. Terah dies at the age of 205.

Chapter 12: Abram the Great Nation

God tells Abram that he and his decedents will be greatly blessed. God commands Abram to leave from his family and go to a land that he will show him. Abram does as the Lord commands and takes his wife Sarai and his nephew, the son of Lot. They travel through the land of Canaan, through a place called Sichem and the plain of Moreh. Then passing through a mountain east of Beth-el and Hai on the east. Abram and Sarai go down to Egypt and tells her to tell anyone who asks that he is her brother, so that he will not be killed. Because the men in Egypt would take a liking to Sarai, because she was fair. When they arrive in Egypt, Pharaoh sees Sarai and desires to marry her, but Abram causes plagues Pharaoh and his house because of this. Pharaoh finds out that Abram is the husband of Sarai and commands them both to leave.