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Genesis Bible Study

Dennis Bratcher

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We hope you find something here helpful and invigorating for your own spiritual journey as you read and  reflect upon the book of Genesis (1-11), perhaps from a new perspective.

The Course of Study

Headings in green are now available.  Others will be added as soon as they are ready.

Introduction: Listening to the Text (Lesson 1)

Cultural/Historical Background (Lesson 2)

Creation 1a:  God and Boundaries (Lesson 3, 1:1-25)

Creation 1b:  God and Humanity (Lesson 4, 1:25-2:4)

Creation 2: Human Freedom and Boundaries (Lesson 5, 2:4-25)

The Human Condition:  Across the Boundary (Lesson 6, 3:1-24)

The Mark of Cain: Alienation and Grace (Lesson 7, 4:1-16)

Living East of Eden (Lesson 8, 4:17-5:32)

Noah: Chaos and the Grief of God (Lesson 9, 6:1-8:20)

God's Commitment to His World (Lesson 10, 8:21-9:17)

Babel and Barrenness (Lesson 11, 10:1-11:32)

Reflection: Hearing Genesis in the Modern World (Lesson 12)

The studies themselves are not intended to be comprehensive or complete commentaries on the biblical passages, but rather a survey of the basic story line, a brief analysis on the features of the text that serve to communicate its message, and a summary of the theological communication of the passages as a basis for further reflection.  That means that there will be a lot of interesting details of the biblical narratives that will not be directly considered.

There are several  articles that are available as background and additional reading for the Bible Study:

Guidelines for Interpreting Biblical Narrative

Three Triads of Biblical Interpretation (Graphic for "Guidelines")

Revelation and Inspiration of Scripture

Speaking the Language of Canaan: OT Appropriation of Culture

Worldview Comparisons (Graphic for "Speaking the Language of Canaan")

The Enuma Elish: The Babylonian Creation Myth

The "Fall" - A Second Look: A Literary Analysis of Genesis 2:4-3:24

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