THOUGHTS ON GENESIS 001
Genesis opens by going back to “the beginning” (Genesis 1:1). The first eleven chapters deal with the history before the time of Abraham. Revelation never is given in a vacuum. Scriptures treat this account as history (Exodus 20:9-11; 31:17; Psalm 8; 104; Matthew 19:4-6; 2 Peter 3:5; Hebrews 4:4). It provides a background and history to Genesis and the whole Bible. Like any history it is built on the principle of selectivity.
No historical narrative is a complete account of all that occurred in a given event or series of events. The author must select those events that most effectively relate not only what happened but also the meaning and significance of what happened.
There is a common world view in Genesis and the ancient Near East. We have other writings and records from the ancient Near East to better help us understand the period and the worldviews that existed. The ancient ideas were at odds with the Biblical account, but there are also areas of agreement. Wenham writes:
...Genesis share a common outline of primeval history with its neighbors.... Both agreed that an invisible supernatural world existed; that a God or gods existed; were personal; could think, speak, and communicate with men; indeed, control human affairs.
However, these are overshadowed by the great differences. The Genesis account is distinct and unique among the ancient Near East. It is an inspired account (2 Timothy 3:16)
Moses made his careful selection on the basis of ancestry leading to the nation Israel, tracing it back to the God of creation and Adam. This is clearly indicated in his arrangement of the whole book around the genealogies.
 Sailhamer, John H., (Frank E. Gaebelein, Editor) “Genesis,” THE EXPOSITOR’S BIBLE COMMENTARY, [Grand Rapids MI, Zondervan, 1990], 2:13.
 Wenham, Gordon J, WBC: GENESIS 1-15, (Dallas TX, Word, 1991), xlvii