THE TEN TOLEDOTHS – The Book of Genesis

The Hebrew word TOLEDOWTH is rendered “generations of the heavens and the Earth.”

Another way to consider Toledowth is that it is the Hebrew word for “generations” or “descendants.”

TOLEDOWTH, is the recurring introduction to the various sections of the Book of Genesis that follow.

The TOLEDOWTH word introduces ten sections of Genesis.

  • Genesis 2:4-4:26, the Toledowth of the heavens and the earth.
  • Genesis 5:1-6:8, the Toledowth of Adam.
  • Genesis 6:9-9:29, the Toledowth of Noah.
  • Genesis 10:1-11:9, the Toledowth of the sons of Noah.
  • Genesis 11:10-26, the Toledowth of the sons of Shem.
  • Genesis 11:27-25:11, the Toledowth of Terah.
  • Genesis 25:12-18, the Toledowth of Ishmael.
  • Genesis 25:19-35:29, the Toledowth of Isaac.
  • Genesis 36:1-37:1, the Toledowth of Esau.
  • Genesis 37:2-50:26, the Toledowth of Jacob.

In all of these uses of Toledowth, not one of them deals with the creation of what stands at the head of it, but with the subsequent developments.

From this, it is mandatory to believe that the Toledowth of the Earth and Heavens is not a discussion of their creation (except retrospectively), but a discussion of what came AFTERWARD.

What one finds in Genesis 2, therefore, are the supplementary facts essential for a proper evaluation of Genesis 3.

The word “and,” (Genesis 2:5), is not to be taken in the same sense of “next,” meaning the next things God did, but rather, in the sense of a loose `also,’ without thought of time sequence.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.

So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation.

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

Genesis 2:1‭-‬4 RSV

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