History Literature / BookOfGenesis

5th Jan '17 7:55:08 AM Adept
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* CatchPhrase: "What is this deed that you have done?" is commonly used to mean "WhatTheHellHero" or "YouMonster".



* CurseOfBabel / TowerOfBabel: The TropeMaker for both.
* CycleOfRevenge: What the mark of Cain was supposed to prevent.

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* %%* CurseOfBabel / TowerOfBabel: The TropeMaker for both.
* CycleOfRevenge: What the Defied. After Cain kills Abel, he fears that others would come and kill him to avenge Abel, which would likely begin a cycle of murders. However, God put a mark of Cain was supposed on him to prevent.prevent anyone from murdering Cain.



* TheDrunkenSailor: Noah might qualify as the UrExample. First he sails the Ark, then after the flood, he proceeds to plant a vineyard and get dead drunk.



** Abel's self-righteousness.



* FlamingSword / EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The flaming, whirling (in some translations) sword that was placed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden to prevent Adam and Eve from getting back in.

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* FlamingSword / EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: FlamingSword: The flaming, whirling (in some translations) sword that was placed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden to prevent Adam and Eve from getting back in.



** [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale Lot and his daughters]].

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** [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale [[ParentalIncest Lot and his daughters]].



* LastMinuteBabyNaming: Happens a lot, most memorably with Jacob's sons.

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* %%* LastMinuteBabyNaming: Happens a lot, most memorably with Jacob's sons.



* ManlyTears: Joseph in particular is prone to this.

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* ManlyTears: Joseph is mentioned to cry several times when he reunites with his brothers. In the last instance, he cried so loudly that even the guards can hear him from outside. However, the narrative does not portray these events as somehow reducing his manliness or his character in particular is prone to this.general.



** Cain murdered Abel because God accepted the latter's offering and rejected the former's.
** The conflict between Esau and Jacob stems from the fact that Isaac favoured Esau and planned to cheat Jacob of his inheritance (Jacob had at this point bought Esau's birthright, and even though his methods were unscrupulous, the first-born right should now belong to Jacob and not Esau), while Rebeccah favoured Jacob and conspired to trick the visually impaired Isaac to give the blessing to Jacob-disguised-as-Esau.
** Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery because Jacob obviously treat him better than the rest of his sons.



* {{Polyamory}}: Almost every man from Abraham's time and onwards, except for Isaac and Joseph.

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* {{Polyamory}}: Almost every man from Abraham's time Several named characters are said to have more than one wives.
** Cain's descendant Lamech is the first recorded polygamy, having two wives -- Adah
and onwards, except for Isaac Zillah.
** Abraham is legally married to Sarah, but also have 2 named concubines, Hagar
and Joseph. Keturah.
** Jacob has two wives (Leah and Rachel) and two concubines (Bilhah and Zilpah).



* RapeAndRevenge:
** Jacob's daughter is raped by a Canaanite prince, and two brothers of hers [[KnightTemplar destroy every man in the prince's village]] for it. (Jacob was not impressed.)
* RevengeBeforeReason: Cain was marked to prevent this. Later one of his descendants killed again, showing the mark thing didn't work.
** Jacob's sons Simeon and Levi did this to an entire clan.

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* RapeAndRevenge:
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RapeAndRevenge: Jacob's daughter is raped by a Canaanite prince, and two brothers of hers [[KnightTemplar destroy every man in the prince's village]] for it. (Jacob was not impressed.)
* RevengeBeforeReason: RevengeBeforeReason:
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Cain was marked to prevent this. Later one of anyone from murdering him in revenge for his descendants killed again, showing the mark thing didn't work.
murder of Abel.
** Jacob's sons Simeon and Levi did this to killed an entire clan.clan in order to avenge the rape of their younger sister. This costs them their right to claim the first-born inheritance after Reuben forfeited his, and Jacob's greatest blessing goes to the fourth son Judah.



* RunningGag: Gad's name.



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Joseph's dreams that he will rule over his brothers.

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* %%* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Joseph's dreams that he will rule over his brothers.



* SoiledCityOnAHill: The world before TheGreatFlood, and Sodom and Gomorrah.

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* %%* SoiledCityOnAHill: The world before TheGreatFlood, and Sodom and Gomorrah.



* SupportingHarem: Jacob's family, with Rachel as the lead, and Leah and the two concubines as the supporters.
* TakenForGranite: Lot's wife, with salt.
* TheTrickster: Abraham and all his descendants.

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* SupportingHarem: Jacob's family, with Rachel as the lead, and Leah and the two concubines as the supporters.
* TakenForGranite: Lot's wife, with salt.
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wife turned into a pillar of salt when she turned back to look at the burning Sodom.
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TheTrickster: Abraham and all his descendants.



* {{Yandere}}: Potphar's wife to Joseph.
* YoungestChildWins: A recurring theme.

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* %%* {{Yandere}}: Potphar's wife to Joseph.
* %%* YoungestChildWins: A recurring theme.
4th Dec '16 7:35:42 PM Tuckerscreator
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* FakePeriodExcuse: OlderThanFeudalism. When Jacob and his wives flee Laban's home, Rachel steals her father's idols just before she and her husband's caravan leave. When her father catches up to Jacob and accuses him of stealing, Jacob lets him search his entire property, saying (not knowing who did it) that anyone who stole the idols will be put to death. Rachel keeps her father from finding them by sitting on top of the saddle where she hid them, while claiming she's on her period and thereby making anything she touches unclean. As a result, he never finds them.

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* FakePeriodExcuse: OlderThanFeudalism. When Jacob and his wives flee Laban's home, Rachel steals her father's idols just before she and her husband's caravan leave. When her father catches up to Jacob and accuses him of stealing, Jacob lets him search his entire property, saying (not knowing who did it) that anyone who stole the idols will be put to death. Rachel keeps her father from finding them by sitting on top of the saddle where she hid them, while claiming she's on her period and thereby making anything she touches unclean. As a result, he never finds them.
4th Dec '16 7:35:28 PM Tuckerscreator
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* FakePeriodExcuse: OlderThanFeudalism. When Jacob and his wives flee Laban's home, Rachel steals her father's idols just before she and her husband's caravan leave. When her father catches up to Jacob and accuses him of stealing, Jacob lets him search his entire property, saying (not knowing who did it) that anyone who stole the idols will be put to death. Rachel keeps her father from finding them by sitting on top of the saddle where she hid them, while claiming she's on her period and thereby making anything she touches unclean. As a result, he never finds them.
13th Nov '16 10:31:35 AM DustSnitch
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* PersonOfMassConstruction: {{God}} is an exaggerated example of this. He created light, the heavens, the stars, the lands, the animals, and humanity all in only ''six days''.
7th Oct '16 12:47:21 PM MsChibi
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* SexEqualsLove: The phrase about why a man is expected to leave his parents and [[UnusualEuphemsim "cling to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."]] Incidentally, it's one of the very few times in the entire Bible that this trope is played straight.

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* SexEqualsLove: The phrase about why a man is expected to leave his parents and [[UnusualEuphemsim [[UnusualEuphemism "cling to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."]] Incidentally, it's one of the very few times in the entire Bible that this trope is played straight.
7th Oct '16 12:46:58 PM MsChibi
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* SexEqualsLove: The phrase about why a man is expected to leave his parents and [[UnusualEuphemsim "cling to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."]] Incidentally, it's one of the very few times in the entire Bible that this trope is played straight.
7th Oct '16 7:43:31 AM Orome
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* ApocalypseHow: The Great Flood destroys all humanity and all land animals on the planet, except for what is saved on Noah's ark. Class 2 or 4, depending on whether any species were completely wiped out.
26th Sep '16 10:49:58 AM dotchan
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* SacredHospitality: As far as Lot is concerned, the safety of his guests is more important to him ''than that of his own daughters'' (fortunately for them, [[OurAngelsAreDifferent his guests]] intervened).

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* SacredHospitality: SacredHospitality:
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As far as Lot is concerned, the safety of his guests is more important to him ''than that of his own daughters'' (fortunately for them, [[OurAngelsAreDifferent his guests]] intervened).intervened).
** Abraham is shown displaying extraordinary hospitality towards three "strangers" (who turn out to be God and two angels coming to promise Abraham a son and to discuss the issue of Sodom and Gomorrah).
22nd Aug '16 10:16:07 PM BroTim11
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* MatzoFever: [[MrsRobinson Potiphar's wife]] really likes Joseph. She ''really'' [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow likes]] him. She wants to [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage schtup]] him.

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* MatzoFever: [[MrsRobinson Potiphar's wife]] really likes Joseph. She ''really'' [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow likes]] him. She wants to [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage schtup]] him.Joseph and is upfront and aggressive about it.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Congratulations Joseph, thanks to the economic policies you put in place to take advantage of your prophetic dreams Pharoah has enslaved virtually the entire known world including your own people. Good one.
* NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe: Joseph's brothers are unable to recognise him after twenty years of separation. It's not surprising, considering that they last saw him as the AnnoyingYoungerSibling whom they [[MadeASlave sold to slavery]], and now he's the [[TheGoodChancellor Vizier of Egypt]] and Pharaoh's NumberTwo.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Congratulations Joseph, thanks to the economic policies you put in place to take advantage of your prophetic dreams dreams, a future Pharoah has enslaved virtually the entire known world including your own people. people. Good one.
* NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe: Joseph's brothers are unable to recognise recognize him after twenty years of separation. It's not surprising, considering that they last saw him as the AnnoyingYoungerSibling whom they [[MadeASlave sold to slavery]], and now he's the [[TheGoodChancellor Vizier of Egypt]] and Pharaoh's NumberTwo.



* OutOfCharacterMoment: [[InUniverse A perceived one, anyway.]] When God reveals his plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, which would destroy the wicked and the just alike, Abraham claims such ruthlessness is very much unlike God. After some argue, God agrees to spare the cities if there's at least 10 believers there (nope).

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* OutOfCharacterMoment: [[InUniverse A perceived one, anyway.]] ]] When God reveals his His plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, which would destroy the wicked and the just alike, Abraham claims such ruthlessness is very much unlike God. After some argue, God. In the following discussion, God agrees to revealed that He would spare the cities if there's there were at least 10 believers there (nope).(there weren't).



* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: In Joseph's story, Joseph, the Pharaoh, the pharaoh's baker and the pharaoh's chief butler all have [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dreams]]. It's implied that God is sending those dreams, hence why Joseph (who is favored by God) is able to interpret them.

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* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: In Joseph's story, Joseph, the Pharaoh, the pharaoh's baker and the pharaoh's chief butler all have [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dreams]]. It's implied stated that God is sending those dreams, hence why Joseph (who is favored by God) is able to interpret them.



* SadlyMythtaken: The ForbiddenFruit is not actually mentioned as being an apple. (Indeed, apples are not native to the Fertile Crescent, and would most likely have been unfamiliar to the original writers/storytellers.) That was a VisualPun that came about when the story was translated into Latin, because the words for "evil" and "apple" are similar.

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* SadlyMythtaken: The ForbiddenFruit is not actually mentioned as being an apple. (Indeed, apples are not native to the Fertile Crescent, and would most likely have been unfamiliar to the original writers/storytellers.) ) That was a VisualPun that came about when the story was translated into Latin, because the words for "evil" and "apple" are similar.



* SiblingRivalry: A running theme in the Genesis. It begins with CainAndAbel, continues through JacobAndEsau and even ventures into the domain of TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry with Rachel and Leah. Joseph's relationship and his brothers headed down the same track, until Joseph broke with the trend and forgave his brothers, thereby reuniting the family.

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* SiblingRivalry: A running theme in the Genesis. It begins with CainAndAbel, continues through JacobAndEsau and even ventures into the domain of TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry with Rachel and Leah. Leah. Joseph's relationship and his brothers headed down the same track, until Joseph broke with the trend and forgave his brothers, thereby reuniting the family.



* TheUnderworld: All characters expect to "go down to Sheol" after death. The words "go ''down''" suggests that Sheol is conceived of as a somewhat depressing afterlife, and there's apparently no difference in the fate of good and bad people. The concept of "Sheol" changes over the course of the Old Testament to resemble the modern Christian concept of "Heaven" more closely.

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* TheUnderworld: All characters expect to "go down to Sheol" after death. The words "go ''down''" suggests that Sheol is conceived of as a somewhat depressing afterlife, and there's apparently no difference in the fate of good and bad people. The concept of "Sheol" changes over the course of the Old Testament to resemble the modern Christian concept of "Heaven" more closely.
22nd Aug '16 10:05:03 PM BroTim11
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** It had to be a painful week the day the custom was commanded to Abraham.

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** It had to be a painful week Many men were left feeling sore the day Abraham applied the custom was commanded to Abraham.custom.



* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: Joseph. While there were probably many people for whom the translator proved indispensable, one case where he wasn't needed at all was when Joseph's own brothers showed up. He used the service anyway, as a means of hiding his identity.

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* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: Joseph. While there were probably many people for whom the translator proved indispensable, one case where he wasn't needed at all was when Joseph's own brothers showed up. He used the service anyway, as a means of hiding his identity.



* CurseOfBabel / TowerOfBabel

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* CurseOfBabel / TowerOfBabelTowerOfBabel: The TropeMaker for both.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Jacob wrestles all night with an angel and suffers no more than an injured hip. Better yet, the angel is hinted pretty strongly to be a manifestation of God Himself. Jacob is aghast when he realizes, but God gives him a blessing.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Jacob wrestles all night with an angel and suffers no more than an injured hip. Better yet, the angel is hinted pretty strongly to be a manifestation of God Himself. Himself. Jacob is aghast when he realizes, but God gives him a blessing.



* INeverSaidItWasPoison: When questioned as to why he was hiding in the Garden, Adam responds that it was because he was ashamed of his nudity. God then responds, "Who told you that you were naked?! You have eaten, then, of the tree that I have commanded you not to eat from."
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Well, couple. Adam and Eve are naked when they're first created, but they have no concept of "naked," and are unashamed. It's only after they eat the fruit that they become aware of their nudity, and start to feel...well, naked.

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: When questioned as to why he was hiding in the Garden, Adam responds that it was because he was ashamed of his nudity. God then responds, "Who told you that you were naked?! naked?! You have eaten, then, of the tree that I have commanded you not to eat from."
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Well, couple. Adam and Eve are naked when they're first created, but they have no concept of "naked," and are unashamed. It's only after they eat the fruit that they become aware of their nudity, and start to feel...well, naked.



** The story of the Fall explains that, as a consequence, snakes lost their legs and have to crawl on their stomachs, men have to till the soil to produce food, and women have pain in childbirth.

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** The story of the Fall explains that, as a consequence, snakes lost their legs and have to crawl on their stomachs, men have to till the soil to produce food, and women have pain in childbirth.childbirth and corpses decompose.
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