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The Torah (Pentateuch)
Genesis, Exodus Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy

Articles dealing with interpretative issues and commentary in various formats on the Books of the Torah, Genesis Exodus, Leviticus, Number, and Deuteronomy.  This menu does not include Lectionary Commentary articles.  See the Biblical Text Index for commentary and other articles on specific passages.

The "Fall" - A Second Look: Literary Analysis of Genesis 2:4-3:24 [Available in .pdf]

An in-depth analysis of the so-called "Fall" narrative in Genesis, suggesting that the theological testimony of the text is more a description of the ongoing human condition rather than just an account of something in the past, concluding with implications for preaching and doing theology especially from the Wesleyan perspective.

Sons of God and Giants: Cultural and Historical Context in Genesis 6:1-14

The cultural and historical background of the reference to sons of God, daughters of men, and giants in Genesis 6:1-4.

Abraham's Faith Journey: The Macrostructure of the Abraham Narratives

An analysis of the Abraham stories in Genesis 12-22 noting the governing ideas and themes that give coherence to the larger narrative.

A Limited God? Genesis 18:20-33 and 22:1-12

An examination of two Old Testament passages that deal with God learning something about humanity, against the background of the traditional concepts of God's omniscience. Concludes that the biblical witness portrays a God who is dynamically interactive with humanity.

Coincidence or Providence? Verse Commentary on Exodus 1:22-2:10

Commentary on the birth narrative of Moses and his rescue from Pharaoh's death sentence.

The Date of the Exodus: The Historical Study of Scripture [Available in .pdf]

A brief survey of the evidence for establishing a date for the Israelite exodus from Egypt, with summary of the role of historical methods of Bible study.

Deuteronomy: Introduction and Overview

Basic summary and overview of the composition and theology of the Book of Deuteronomy.

Underdogs and Earthen Vessels: Devotional on Deuteronomy 8:11-1

A reflective article on the theology of the warning to Israel in Deuteronomy 8, and how it might apply to us today.

Criteria of False Prophets: Notes on Deuteronomy 18:22

A brief analysis of Deuteronomy 18:22, examining the claim that it proves that Old Testament prophecy is primarily predictive.

See also the articles in the Genesis Bible Study

These are a series of Bible studies covering the first eleven chapter of Genesis (some are still in preparation).

See also the Text Index for commentary and other articles on specific passages.

This is an index of all articles in the CRI/Voice web site that relate to specific biblical passages, organized by biblical book.

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