Posted by: chuckbumgardner | June 12, 2012

Genesis in Revelation

In a larger discussion of the unity of the biblical canon, Michael Kruger notes some of the many striking parallels between Genesis and Revelation:

Genesis begins with the creation of the “heavens and earth” (1:1ff.); Revelation ends with re-creation and the new “heaven and earth” (21:1).

Genesis begins with the theme of paradise in the garden (2:8ff.); Revelation ends with the paradise of heaven (21:4).

Genesis begins with the theme of marriage (2:8); Revelation ends with the great wedding of the Lamb (21:9).

Genesis begins with a focus on the serpent’s deception (3:1ff.); Revelation ends with the serpent’s destruction (20:10).

Genesis begins with the curse being put upon the world (3:14ff.); Revelation ends with the curse being lifted (22:3).

Genesis begins by describing the creation of day, night, and the oceans (1:3, 10, 14); Revelation ends with no more need for day (sun), or night, or oceans (21:1; 22:5).

Genesis begins with the “tree of life” among the people of God (2:9); Revelation ends with the “tree of life” among the people of God (22:2).

Genesis begins with God dwelling with his people (2:8; 3:8); Revelation ends with God finally dwelling with his people again (21:3).

Michael Kruger, Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012), 156.

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