Genesis Intro.

Find a Study Bible or Commentary and read the introduction to the book of Genesis.  I know I get a little sweaty-palmed when I come to Genesis.  All those famous long-lived people, Noah and the Ark, and six literal days of Creation.  Is that really what the book is about?  It seems that our faith is measured by whether we believe these events and details are literal or whether someone made them up. There is so much more to the book of Genesis than this.  I hope that you will join me as I read the book and rediscover the principles behind the details.

  1. What verses or passages do you remember from Genesis?
  2. Who is the author?
  3. What are the themes?
  4. Why is Genesis written in two sections (1-11 and 12-50)?
  5. What might you learn from reading Genesis?

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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2 Responses to Genesis Intro.

  1. Seirei7 says:

    Well, I think as far as verses go, Gen. 2:24 is always a popular one with marriage. I think as far as versus go, it is not very many. It is mostly the stories, the patriarchs, Joseph, Abraham, Noah, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, etc. The author is Moses, since Genesis is part of the Pentateuch, although if you believe in the JEDP theory it could be anyone. Themes, now that is a doozy. There are many many themes with in this book. If I had to put it in one sentence it would be the foundation for the rest of the Bible. This relating to question 5, we can see the start of the redemption process in Genesis, as well as how things will just get worse and worse as time goes on after the garden. We see redemption thru Noah, and judgement thru that same story. I believe every major theme presented in the Bible is presented in Genesis. I think Genesis is split into two parts, because for the first part is the general history of the world, and there were so few that it really was everyone’s history. However, once people become more and more populous, God decided to chose a race thru which he would save the world, and therefore he started zooming in on their history and how he will use them to bring the rest of the nations to God. Thanks for the thoughts Mr. Worrall,Kyle Newberry P.S. Do u like the japanese username?

  2. Jordan McDaniel says:

    Genesis is certainly a touchy book for contemporary readers. As a twenty-first century, post-Enlightenment young budding intellectual, how exactly am I to deal with this book of a six-button-push creation story, a god who wiped out the earth with a flood to restart it, and other such stories? How am I to deal with this as one who believes that the Creator of the universe inspired this book?Why, in a Christian way, of course. To quote NT Wright (who derives this from, actually, Genesis 1), knowing is part of the responsibility of those beings meant to represent God in and to the creation. So, we have to approach this text with prayer (the Holy Spirit) and the tools of our intellect that God has given us. Central to that process is locating ourselves within world/church history (and geography) to determine our presuppositions.Also, the starting place for our dialogue should be the enrichment of the Christian community. After all, we acknowledge that the Bible is that text through which God’s Spirit works to energize His people. And what does that God call us to? One summary is unity. As in Genesis 1 and 2, John 17:20-21, Colossians 3:11, and Revelation 21-22, ultimate unity of all creation with Christ is the Hope of the universe, the future reality which the Church is to preview here and now. Church unity and mission, then, must be energized by Genesis as it is a part of our collective Battery, God’s Word.

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