In structure, the Book of Genesis is a series of eleven family histories compiled and edited by Moses. Throughout the vivid detail provided in Genesis, Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s exegesis allows God’s Word to make its own case for a literal interpretation of the Bible. Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s grammatical, historical-geographical approach to Scriptures from a Jewish perspective provides the reader an exciting new way to grasp and unlock the richness of this book of the beginnings of all nations, and in particular, the beginning of the nation of Israel.
For instance, Dr. Fruchtenbaum brings to life the many genealogies in Genesis as they relate to God’s promises of a Messiah. Genesis makes clear the Messiah would one day come out of Israel to redeem the nation of Israel and to bless all the families of the earth.
Important to understanding one’s relationship to God, Genesis presents four of God’s eight covenants. Three are covenants God made with humanity in general, and these are associated with the familiar stories of Creation, the Fall, and the Flood. The fourth one, an unconditional covenant with Abraham, is the beginning of the story of the nation of Israel, based on God’s promises of descendants and Land to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The account of the nation of Israel that Moses begins in Genesis, he then continues in the four books of the Bible that follow.
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One of the foremost authorities on the nation of Israel, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum is a messianic believer and founder and director of Ariel Ministries, a Texas-based organization dedicated to evangelism and discipleship of Jewish people.
Dr. Fruchtenbaum was born in Siberia after his father was released from a communist prison there. Aided by the Israeli underground, the Fruchtenbaum family escaped from behind the Iron Curtain. While living in Germany from 1947 to 1951, Arnold received Orthodox training from his father—who had himself been reared to assume Chasidic (ultra-orthodox Jewish) leadership in Poland, only to later lose most of his family and his faith to the Holocaust. The Fruchtenbaums immigrated to New York, and five years later, at age 13, Arnold came to saving faith.
Before receiving his doctorate from New York University in 1989, Dr. Fruchtenbaum earned his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. His graduate work also includes studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Having lived in Israel for three years, Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s intensive study of the role of that nation in God’s plan of world redemption has made him a much in-demand speaker at Bible conferences and schools throughout the world.
“Genesis 10:25 lists the two sons of Eber: And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg. For in his days was the earth divided. The name Peleg means ‘to divide.’ Some identify this event with the continental divide or the continental drift. However, contextually, it more likely refers to the language division of the Tower of Babel judgment. This means that the confusion of tongues occurred during Peleg’s lifetime. A text of King Tukultininurta II refers to a people called Palga near the Harbur River. The author of Genesis then adds: his brother’s name was Joktan, an Arabian tribe.” (Page 219)
“However, the Hebrew literally reads ‘I have gotten a man: Jehovah.’ It is important to retain exactly what the Hebrew reads, because the Hebrew shows that Eve’s understanding of Genesis 3:15 was that the Redeemer Who would come of the Seed of the Woman was to be a God-Man: ‘I have gotten a man: Jehovah.’” (Page 115)
“Genesis 1:2 describes the circumstances of the earth before 1:3 and is not a result of 1:1. The Masoretic Text has a notation called rebhia, indicating that this is a vav disjunctive, which could be translated by the word now to read: ‘Now the earth,’ rather than a vav conjunctive which would read: ‘And the earth.’ What this grammatical point shows is that verse 2 is not sequential to verse 1, and so it is not and then. It shows that verse 2 is not a result or development of verse 1, but the background to verse 3. So the disjunctive argues against the chaos being an intermediate stage in God’s work at the time of creation. The same point is made in Isaiah 45:18.” (Page 36)