September 21, 2018

Genesis: Where It All Begins (7)

Genesis: Where It All Begins (7) A Wisdom Story The account of Adam and Eve in the garden is a story. It is a story that tells the whole history of Israel in microcosm. It is a story about Israel. Today we will see that this is a wisdom story. The quintessential wisdom book in […]

Genesis: Where It All Begins (6)

Genesis: Where It All Begins (6) What have we seen thus far in this study? Lesson One: Genesis 1 is an ancient liturgical text, contrasting the good Creator God with the false gods of Babylon, and assuring the Hebrew people that the Creator brings order out of chaos. Lesson Two: The early chapters of Genesis […]

Genesis: Where It All Begins (5), with Pete Enns

Note from CM: I have wanted to use this piece by Pete, especially its anecdote, for a long time. In the final analysis, I don’t even think it has to do with a Jewish vs. Christian perspective, however. In my opinion, Pete’s Jewish friend is expressing a common sense understanding of the actual material before […]

Genesis: Where It All Begins (4)

What the Bible offers in the beginning is not a “works contract,” but a covenant of vocation. The vocation in question is that of being a genuine human being, with genuinely human tasks to perform as part of the Creator’s purpose for his world. The main task of this vocation is “image-bearing,” reflecting the Creator’s […]

Genesis: Where It All Begins (3)

Genesis: Where It All Begins (3) God’s Good Creation Many students of the Bible think that Genesis 1, with its intricate structure, repetition, and the heightened character of its language, may represent an ancient liturgy confessing faith in the Creator God. If it is, then the refrain, repeated seven times, is captured in these verses: […]

Genesis: Where It All Begins (2)

Genesis: Where It All Begins (2) Approaching Genesis and the Bible No one approaches the Bible and just “reads it as it is.” We come with all kinds of assumptions about what kind of a book it is and how we should read it. In this second part of our series, I would like to […]

Genesis: Where It All Begins (1)

Note from CM: I’d like to devote Tuesdays to some meditations on Genesis for awhile. It has been in studying the Hebrew Bible, and Genesis in particular, that I have come to appreciate a much more “Jewish” sense of the biblical story than much Christian theology acknowledges. N.T. Wright has done the same in the […]