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Book: Genesis
Genesis is the first book of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament. The book of Genesis, basic literary genre is considered a Religious Text. Jewish scribes and conservative scholars established that Moses was the author of Genesis. The date the book was written was 1445 BC. The main themes, were the making of all things by God, the peoples’ disobedience and stubbornness, God’s punishment and God’s restoration. The purposes of the book of Genesis were to discover the origins of history, to make known God’s ordained people which was the Israelites and God’s covenant for the nation, and to show the mercies of God, in spite of the disobedience of man-kind. Some of the major events are as follows; the creation of man, the fall of man, the flood where water destroyed every living thing on land, and the nations flourishing and spreading abroad. The main personalities are people in the book of Genesis was Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Abraham was considered to be the “Father of Faith and Nations.” Isaac was Abraham and Sarah’s second son and the promise seed from God. Jacob was the son of Isaac and Rebekah, and the twelve tribes of Israel came from his loins. Joseph was Jacob’s and Rachel’s first son and he was considered the favored son of all his brothers and was given the coat of many colors. The book of Genesis, should be studied by everyone that desires to learn about history and the beginning of all mankind.

Person: King David
The birth of David took place in the town of Bethlehem on 1040 BC and he died on 970 BC in Israel. David's parents were Jesse and Nitzevet. As a child, David was a shepherd boy and he loved to watch and care for the sheep. One of David's most memorable moments was when, he killed and lion and a bear in his youth, due to the lion and the bear, attacking the sheep he watched. David was a skilled warrior and became renowned after killing the Philistine named Goliath. His fame went throughout the country. Some of the roles and positions that David held was King of Judah and Israel, servant and armor bearer to King Saul, commander and head of the armies of Israel under the leadership of King Saul, and a psalmist and worshipper. David was chosen to be King by God himself, and the prophet Samuel anointed him. The defining events of David's life was when he was chosen as king by God and God sent the prophet Samuel, to anoint him as King, even when King Saul, was still in the position as king. Another defining event for David, was revealed when he killed the Philistine (giant) Goliath, using a sling shot and a smooth stone. David served and loved King Saul with all of his heart. David courageously lead his armies and subdued all enemies that came against his country. David was named a man after God's own heart, even after committing adultery with a married woman by the name of Bathsheba and then killing her husband Uriah. After the death of Uriah, David and Bathsheba eventually had a son named Solomon that would be king and build God's house.

Setting/Place: Jordan River
The Jordan River was found to be one of the largest bodies of flowing water and is one of the most famous Bible Places. The river has played a vital role in the history of Israel. The Jordan River is mention numerous times in the bible. To give some characteristics of the Jordan River is the length is 251 kilometers (156 miles) long and it flows into the Dead Sea. The Jordan River exists in three sections; from its multiple river sources the Bareighit, and Mount Hermon to Lake Huleh; from Lake Huleh to the Sea of Galilee about 10 miles (16 kilometers); from sea of galilee to the Dead Sea about 65 miles (105 kilometers). Some major events that took place at the Jordan River was the baptism of Jesus Christ, the prophets Elijah and Elisha did much work on both sides of the Jordan, the renaming of Jacob to Israel took place near the Jordan, the Israelites entered the land of Canaan by crossing the Jordan River, Naaman the Syrian was washed in the Jordan to cleanse his leprosy and numerous other events. The natural life found in the Jordan Valley has been closely examined and proves to be unique. Of the thirty species of fish found in this river, sixteen are said to be found in no other bodies of water. Approximately 162 species of plants and trees have been identified. This river has served in history and present-day, as one of the world's known places.

Grigg, R. (1997). Creation Ministries Intl. The Blue Letter Bible. American Bible Society Gross. W. (2005) Chronology of King's David Life.

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