The Berean Expositor
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chronology of Genesis to a close with the year 2369, the date of the death of Joseph.
We quote in this connexion from the Rev. Martin Anstey, B.D., M.A.:
"Each step in the progress of the chronology is clearly explained in the above table,
and the `proof' is given in the `testimony' of the Scripture cited. These proof texts are
the historical data with which the science of chronology is built up. The result arrived at
is characterized by the accuracy and certainty of an exact science. It cannot be one year
more. It cannot be one year less."
The first of the first principles of the oracles of God is, therefore, the inspiration,
integrity and authority of the Holy Scriptures.
"Beginning at Moses."
pp. 33 - 35
"Beginning at Moses." These words are taken from Luke 24: 47, and describe the
line of teaching adopted by the Risen Christ, when instructing His disciples. We cannot
hope to improve on such an example and in this series, addressed particularly to new
readers, we too can find no other approach to the task before us than to begin at Moses
also. Even when we are dealing with the unsaved, who are seeking light and guidance on
the question of salvation, we are driven back to the opening chapter of Genesis. If there
be no Creator, man is not a responsible being, for there is no one above him to whom he
can he held accountable. If he is not responsible, there can be neither sin nor salvation,
purpose or goal. Life becomes an insoluble enigma, we seem to be but pawns in a
terrible game of chance. If, however, I have a Maker, and if He made me in His image,
then I have a purpose to fulfil, and to fail or "come short" constitutes the basic meaning
of sin. We shall have to elaborate this aspect of the truth later. We feel however that
before we embark on such themes both the example of Christ Himself, the example of
Paul (Acts 28: 23) and the construction of the Scriptures, make the commencement at
Genesis imperative.
In the series we shall endeavour to avoid over-elaboration or too minute analysis.
Where outlines are given, they will be as it were sketched in charcoal. Where meanings
of words are dealt with, the original Hebrew and Greek will only be indicated. Where,
however, it will be wise and necessary for the reader to consider more extensive proofs or
analysis, an index of articles or books bearing on the particular theme will be given at the
The composition of the book of Genesis appears to consist of the collation of ancient
family records, edited by Moses, and endorsed by the Spirit of God, to which an inspired
revelation is given in the opening chapter. Further, these family records consist of
genealogies, giving the chronology of Genesis in unhesitating steps from Adam to