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The Family Strife and Forgiveness Themes in Genesis The book of Genesis expresses the themes of family strife and forgiveness through the stories of the characters Starting with Adam and Eve and continuing through the story of Joseph readers can relate that the results of all their actions consist of the Lords displeasurement and anger Their punishments are similar in the sense that God makes them suffer and eventually forgives them There are questions that arise in midst of these stories that require the reader to read between the lines and make inferences upon what they have read The first characters that are presented are Adam and Eve Living in the Garden of Eden and being the first man and woman ever their minds are simple and guillable Upon Gods command to not eat from the tree of knowledge Eve does just that It is clear that God is angry with them when he banishes them from the garden Cain and Abel are the sons of Adam and Eve Cain was a farmer and in an attempt to please God he brought forth an offering of his flock However God having no interest in this offering sent Cain into a rage causing him to murder his brother Abel The story is concluded with Cains punishment sent forth from God to wander the Earth for the rest of his life The fact that God forgave Adam and Eve for eating of the tree of knowledge and his forgiveness of Cains actions upon his own brother reveal that the Lord is a loving God Even though he still punishes them God does not take their lives yet sets them on a lifetime of wondering I can forsee that through this strife and forgiveness that a hermenuetic message is made clear those that go against Gods word still can be redeemed through his forgiveness Abram the son of Terah who lived in the land of Canaan had
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