The Documentary Sources in Genesis

 

 

Narrative

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Other

I. Primeval History

 

 

 

 

Creation story

1:1-2:4a

 

 

 

Paradise story

 

2:4b-3:24

 

 

Cain and Abel

 

4:1-16

 

 

Cainite genealogy

 

4:17--26

 

 

Genealogy, Adam-Noah

5:1-28, 30-32

5:29

 

 

The sons of God

 

6:1-4

 

 

The Flood

 

6:5-8

 

 

 

6:9-22

 

 

 

 

 

7:1-5

 

 

 

7:6

7:7

 

 

 

7:11

7:16b

 

 

 

 

7:8-12

 

 

 

7:13-16a

 

 

 

 

7:17a

7:17b

 

 

 

7:18-21

7:22-23

 

 

 

7:24

 

 

 

 

8:1-2a

8:6a

 

 

 

 

8:2b, 3a

 

 

 

8:3b-5

8:6b

 

 

 

8:7

8:8-12

 

 

 

8:13a

8:13b

 

 

 

8:14-19

 

 

 

 

 

8:20-22

 

 

 

9:1-17

 

 

 

Noah’s curse, blessing

 

9:18-27

 

 

 

9:28-29

 

 

 

Table of Nations

10:1-7

10:8-19

 

 

 

10:20

10:21

 

 

 

10:22-23

 

 

 

 

10:24

10:25-30

 

 

 

10:31-32

 

 

 

Tower of Babel

 

11:1-9

 

 

Genealogy, Shem to Abraham

11:10-27, 31-32

11:28-30

 

 

II. Ancestral History

 

 

 

 

Abraham-Sarah (12:1-25:18)

 

 

 

 

Call of Abraham

 

12:1-4a

 

 

 

12:4b-5

12:6-9

 

 

Abraham, Sarah in Egypt

 

12:10-13:1

 

 

Separation from Lot

 

13:2-5

 

 

 

13:6

13:7-11a

 

 

 

13:11b-12

13:13-18

 

 

Abraham’s victory

 

 

 

14:1-24

Covenant with Abraham

 

15:1-2

 

 

 

 

 

15:3a

 

 

 

15:3b-4

15:5

 

 

 

15:6-12

15:13-16

 

 

 

15:17-21

 

 

Ishmael’s birth

16:1a

16:1b-2

 

 

 

16:3

16:4-14

 

 

 

16:15-16

 

 

 

Covenant of circumcision

17:1-14

 

 

 

Promise of a son

17:15-27

 

 

 

Yahweh’s visit to Abraham and Sarah

 

18:1-16

 

 

Yahweh’s monologue

 

18:17-19

 

 

Dialogue with God

 

18:20-33

 

 

Sodom’s destruction; Lot’s deliverance

 

19:1-28

 

 

 

19:29

 

 

 

Lot’s daughters

 

19:30-38

 

 

Abraham, Sarah in Gerar

 

20:1a

20:1b-18

 

Isaac’s birth; Ishmael’s banishment

21:1b-5

21:1a

21:6

 

 

 

21:7

21:8-21

 

Abimelech of Gerar

 

 

21:22-34

 

Sacrifice of Isaac

 

 

22:1-19

 

Nahor’s descendants

 

22:20-24

 

 

Purchase of burial site

23:1-20

 

 

 

A bride for Isaac

 

24:1-67

 

 

Children by Keturah

 

25:1-6

 

 

Abraham’s death

25:7-11a

25:11b

 

 

Ishmael’s descendants

25:12-17

 

 

 

Jacob Cycle (25:19-35:43)

 

 

 

 

Birth of Esau and Jacob

25:19-20, 26b

25:21-26a, 27-34

 

 

Isaac stories

 

26:1-33

 

 

 

26:34-35

 

 

 

Stolen blessing

 

27:1-45

 

 

Jacob’s exile to Aram

27:46-28:9

 

 

 

Jacob’s dream at Bethel

 

28:10, 13-16, 19

28:11-12, 17-18, 20-22

 

Jacob’s arrival in Aram

 

29:1-14

 

 

Marriage to Leah and Rachel

 

29:15-20

 

 

Jacob’s children

 

29:31-35; 30:4-5, 7-16, 20-21, 24

30:1-3, 6, 17-19, 22-23

 

Jacob’s wealth

 

30:25-43

 

 

Jacob’s flight; covenant with Laban

31:18

31:1, 3, 17, 19a, 20-23, 25b, 27, 30a, 31, 36a, 38-40, 46-49, 51-53a

31:2, 4-16, 19b, 24-25a, 26, 28-29, 30b, 32-35, 36b-37, 41-45, 50, 53b-55

 

The angel of Mahanaim

 

 

32:1-2

 

Preparations to meet Esau

 

32:3-13a

32:13b-21

 

Jacob wrestles at Penuel

 

32:22-32

 

 

The meeting with Esau

 

33:1-3, 6-7, 12-17

33:4-5, 8-11

 

Jacob arrives at Shechem

33:18a

33:18b

33:19-20

 

Rape of Dinah

 

34:1-31

 

 

Jacob returns to Bethel

35:6, 9-13, 15

 

35:1-5, 7-8, 14

 

Birth of Benjamin

 

 

35:16-20

 

Jacob’s sons

35:22b-26

35:21-22a

 

 

Isaac’s death

35:27-29

 

 

 

Edomite lists

36:1-14

 

 

36:15-23 = addition to P

Joseph story

 

 

 

 

Joseph’s dreams and consequences

37:1-2

37:3a, 4-21, 25-28

37:3b, 22-24, 29-36

 

Judah and Tamar

 

38:1-30

 

 

Temptation of Joseph

 

39:1-23

 

 

Joseph interprets dreams in prison

 

40:1

40:2-23

 

Interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams—Joseph’s elevation

41:46a

41:34a, 35b, 41-45, 46b, 49, 55-57

41:1-33, 34b, 35a, 36-40, 47-48, 50-54

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brothers’ first trip to Egypt

 

42:1b, 4-5, 8-11a, 12, 27-28a, 38

42:1a, 2-3, 6-7, 11b, 13-26, 28b-37

 

Brothers’ second trip to Egypt

 

43:1-34

 

 

Testing of the brothers

 

44:1-34

 

 

Recognition

 

45:1, 4-5a, 16-28

45:2-3, 5b-15

 

Jacob’s immigration to Egypt

46:6-27

46:5b, 28-34

46:1-5a

 

Jacob before Pharaoh

 

47:1-5a, 6b

47:5b, 6a, 7-12

 

Joseph’s agrarian policy

47:27-28

47:13-26

 

 

Blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh

48:3-6

47:29-31

48:1-2, 7-22

 

Blessing of Jacob

49:1a

 

 

49:1b-28 poem

Jacob’s death

49:29-33

 

 

 

Jacob’s burial

50:12-13

50:1-10a, 14

50:10b-11

 

Joseph’s forgiveness of brothers and last days

 

 

50:15-26

 

This list of sources in Genesis is taken from Martin Noth, A History of Pentateuchal Traditions, translated by Bernhard W. Anderson.