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Bible Nuggets - Leviticus

  1. Offerings - what/how to offer 
  2. Clean / Unclean
  3. High Holy Days
  4. Rules of Conduct (ch 19)
  5. The Sabbatical Year (ch 25 v 1-7)
  6. fields/vineyards should be sown/pruned for 6 years, and in the 7th it should lay fallow
  7. Owning property and the Jubilee Year

Bible Nuggets - Genesis

  1. There are 2 Creation stories:

    1. 7 days (ch 1, ch 2 v 1-4)
      1. Day 1: light / darkness
      2. Day 2: sky
      3. Day 3: sea / land, plants that bear seed, fruit that bears fruit with its seed in it
      4. Day 4: sun / moon, stars
      5. Day 5: sea life, birds
      6. Day 6: cattle, creeping things, wild animals, man created in his image, male and female; "be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish if the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth."; man was vegetarian: "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food."
      7. Day 7: rest
    2. the Garden of Eden (ch 2 v 4-25)
    3. There was no grass or shrub, just a stream "welling up out of the earth"
    4. God formed man out of clay
    5. God planted a Garden in Eden, placed man there and made trees "that were delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad".
    6. There are 4 branches of the river that waters the Garden of Eden - Pishon, Gihon, Tigris, Euphrates.
    7. "It is not good for the man to be alone", so God made wild animals and birds formed out of the ground, and had man name them. But none was a suitable partner so God "cast a deep sleep on the man" and took one of his ribs out, built a woman from it. "that is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and e two of them become one body".
    8. Serpent tempted the woman to eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden (tree of life). She "took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it". They then realized they were naked, and hid from God when he was moving about the Garden. God accused the man of eating from the tree, and he said the woma "gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it". God asked the woman why and her response was: "The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it."
    9. As punishment, God gave the woman the pain of childbirth and the man was destined to toil the earth. The serpent would crawl in his belly.
    10. At this point, man names the woman Eve, but the man still has not been named.
    11. God made them leather garments and banished man from the Garden, stationed "the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword" and settled them east of Eden.
  2. In the beginning of Genesis, there are multiple references to there being multiple gods.
  3. Cain and Abel
  4. All men spoke the same language and together built the Tower of Babel. God was not thrilled that they accomplished so much, so each group was given their own language.
  5. Abram -> Abraham
  6. Isaac, son of Abraham
  7. Jacob -> Israel, son of Isaac
  8. 12 Sons of Jacob -> 12 Tribes of Israel
  9. Into Egypt

Bible Nuggets - Overview

It bothers me when "religious" folks grab a passage from the Bible to justify a political or moral position that seems to me to go against the compassion that is the cornerstone of Christianity. I have never read the whole Bible, nor a whole book of the Bible, from beginning to end. So I decided to try to do that, so I can understand the context of excerpts, and be able to talk intelligently in those circumstances.

The 'Bible Nuggets' entries will contain what I consider to be the core stories of each book, and snippets that seem important to me.

I am reading a Saint Joseph Edition of The New American Bible Bible, copyright 1970 by the Catholic Book Publishing Co, the one I purchased in High School for Religion Classes.