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A Storyline Study of the Bible from Adam to 2400 years after Adam is Mentioned in Genesis - Harold Unkles. This study is a work in process.
Torah Class Old Testament Bible Study for a New Testament Understanding
Torah is the Hebrew word for the first 5 books of the Bible and it is the foundation of the Old Testament just as the Old Testament is the foundation of the New. The Old Testament (Tanach) is the Holy Scripture that Jesus (Yeshua, in Hebrew) taught from, and His Disciples referred to, since there was no New Testament until well after the time of the Apostles that succeeded Him. The Old and New Testaments are inseparable and only when used together do we have a complete, unified, divinely-inspired Bible. Torah Class cross-references the Torah and Old Testament passages with New Testament passages to reveal their seamless continuity.
Abraham - Bethlehem -People and Places featuring summaries of important people and places of the Bible, the Holy Land and ancient times.
The Net Bible (Book of Genesis) On-Line
What's New in Interpreting Genesis Paul E Koptak. A number of recent studies have been published that offer help to readers and communicators who wish to hear the stories of Genesis as they were intended to be heard and to discover their significance for life at the threshold of a new century.
Genesis - In the Beginning Richard Hooker - Washington State University
Speaking the Language of Canaan Dennis Bratcher has written a paper dealing with the Israelite appropriation of metaphors, symbols, and conceptual categories from the "pool" of ancient Middle Eastern culture, noting both the similarities and differences, and the implications both for understanding the OT, as well as for addressing the modern conflict of science and religion.
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The Unity of the Creation Account William H Shea Do Genesis 1 and 2 contain two antithetical creation accounts, or are they complementary parts of a unified record? Dr. Shea examines the literary structure and content of these two chapters for an answer.
Literary Structural Parallels between Genesis 1 and 2 William H Shea Literary critics have divided Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 between different authors at different times. Literary techniques employed at several different and parallel junctions (beginning, middle and end) in the two narratives demonstrate a similar writing style, however, and thus point towards a unity of authorship.
Archaeology and Genesis: What does the record show. Mario Seiglie
Explores a series of remarkable archaeological discoveries spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and shows how critics of the historical accuracy of the Bible became confronted with physical evidence attesting to the truthfulness of certain accounts.
A look at the archaeological record surrounding Abraham.
An Introduction to Genesis David Malick
Outline of the Book of Genesis David Malick
An Outline of Genesis Division of Student Ministry Baptist General Convention of Texas
The Garden of Eden a Modern Landscape Carol A. Hill tries to apply the findings of modern geology to Gen. 2:10-14. I deduce from the evidence that the four rivers of Eden--the Pishon, the Gihon, the Hiddekel, and the Euphrates--were real rivers which existed on a modern landscape before Noah's flood.
Bone of My Bone and Flesh of My Flesh Phyllis A. Bird explores why the biblical creation texts give such prominent attention to sexual differentiation with reflection on the individual and the species.
Mysteries of Genesis Charles Fillmore points out the book of Genesis as the key to the Bible. In the New Testament it is quoted twenty-seven times literally and thirty-eight times substantially.
An Overlooked Message - The Critique of Kings and Affirmation of Equality in the Primeval History Robert K Gnuse The Primeval History in Genesis 2-11 contains symbolic polyvalent narratives with diverse levels of interpretive possibility. One meaningful level of interpretation is to see how the accounts contain a strident critique of kingship, especially the social economic abuses perpetrated by kings. Kings who receive the strident barbs of the author include not only Mesopotamian rulers, but also, by implication, the rulers of Israel and Judah, who likewise abused their powers. This exilic critique of kings is also, in turn, part of the great biblical message affirming human equality and dignity, and it speaks a powerful egalitarian word to any age.
God: What do the Opening Chapters of Genesis Tell us about Him? Jim West asks is the God depicted in Genesis a loving creator or does he display cruel pitiless control.
The Father who Creates All Things: A Cosmological Perspective of God: Carl Schulz. 'There is perhaps no more fundamental affirmation about God than that of Creator... the bed rock, the foundation on which all other affirmations about Him are made.'
Other Creation Epics see Ancient Near East page
Comparative Creation Chart Creation in Israel and the Ancient Near East
Enuma Elish Leonard William King
What is Creation? Rereading Genesis 1 & 2 Michael Welker explores the important characteristic of divine creating in the classical creation texts and the concept of unconditional production and causation!
Creation and Evolution:
The Bible Explanation. Mario Seiglie examines the findings of modern science in the light of scripture.
Genesis and the Real World David Roth Or did Moses mean to say, 'at the beginning of time God created space and matter'. Roth argues that Moses' narrative has to do with the real world.
Dinosaur Religion and Religion as Dinosaurs:The encounter of science and faith in Genesis1 Carl Schultz an overview of the richness and subtlety of the creation stories themselves in relation to the ongoing debate with science.
And Adam Knew Eve - a dictionary of sex in the Bible Ronald L. Ecker has gathered from the biblical text all sexually related stories, concepts, and laws, and presented them, concisely but with attention to context, in convenient dictionary form. The text casts some light on the problem that biblical interpreters face in the sometimes physically abusive treatment of women under the patriarchal system that so controlled women's lives, sexually and otherwise, in the biblical world.
Did a Form of Evil Exist Before the Fall Daniel J. Dykes explores Isaiah 45:7 where God claims to be the one who creates evil.
The Seduction of Eve and Feminist Readings of the Garden of Eden Reuven Kimelman Applies an exegesis of assonance, that demands considerable reader involvement, without which he holds that many of the keys to the story's meaning would be missing.
Did Eve Fall or Was She Pushed? Susan L. Greiner argues that Eve is not a seductress. She neither deceives Adam nor coerces him into eating the fruit. The word "sin" is never applied to Eve; indeed, it does not even appear in the Creation account.
Rethinking the Interpretation of Genesis 2.4B-3.24 Lyn M. Bechtel considers that the passage has been used through the centuries as a prooftext for male supremacy and the inferiority and moral weakness of women and concludes that it is about maturation. It is a myth that reinforces the values and concerns of monarchical society, which considers the monarchy to be God's intended goal for a mature Israel.
The Tree of Life: Protological to Eschatological Robert Starke holds that it was in the epiphany of the eschatological Adam and death's inability to overshadow him, that the life-giving tree triumphs, its glory eliminating at last the shadow of death.
Two Brothers Reconciled Rabbi Arthur Waskow From almost the beginning to the very end of the Book of Genesis, one theme whirls through many variations: war and peace between brothers (and one pair of sisters).
A Glimmer of Hope Genesis 5 Jeong Woo (James) Lee Scripture tells us how this world is passing away yet we are called to walk with God by faith.
Genealogies in Genesis Daniel J. Dyke explores the debate concerning the genealogies found in Genesis 5 and 11 as to whether they are sequential and complete or if they contain gaps.
A Contextual Identification of the bene ha'elohim and the banüth ha'adam in Genesis 6:1–4 Lyle Eslinger An investigation of the purposes of Genesis 6:1-4 'son of God' - 'daughter of man'
Sons of God and Giants - Cultural and Historical Context In Genesis 6:1-4 Dennis R. Bratcher explores the cultural and historical background of the reference to sons of God, daughters of men, and giants in Genesis
Identifying Genesis' Mid-First Millennium BCE Origins via Onomastic Research on Cain and Nimrod Walter Mattfeld looks at the archaeological findings and compares them with the Biblical accounts.
The Flood Story in J and P Forms a look at what is thought to be the account of the two different authors.
Genesis 1-9 William H Shea
Mesopotamian Creation-Flood stories at 1600 B.C. and the biblical
Creation-Flood story (which is similar in content and style) at 600
B.C., with cases of individual Creation and Flood stories intervening
between them, would be quite exceptional and unlikely. The biblical
Creation-Flood story fits best in the age in which this type of
literature was written.
Who Wrote the Flood Story Richard Elliot Friedman
The Flood: Just a Local Catastrophe William H Shea Creationists and evolutionists disagree about the Flood. Creationists argue that the Bible is a divinely inspired document and its record of the Flood describes an actual historical event, a universal deluge. Evolutionists have responded to the biblical narrative in various ways.
The Story of Noah According to Source Frank Frick Taken from a Journey Through the Hebrew Scriptures.
A Review of Recent Data from the Region of the Ark-Shaped Formation in the Tendurek Mountains of Eastern Turkey William H Shea Each new discovery has strengthened the case for relating this site to Noah's Ark, but the question still remains as to whether there is sufficient scientific evidence with which to confirm or deny this identification with a greater degree of accuracy.
The Seven Noahide Laws Exegesis of genesis 2:16-17 that led to the tradition of the Noahide Laws.
Reading the Rainbow Rachel Muers
Other Flood Accounts see Ancient Near East page
Original Dishonor Noah's Curse and the Southern Defense of Slavery Stephen R Haynes Noah’s curse may not have been about race in the minds of all antebellum southern divines; but without question it appears to have been about slavery and honor
From Faith to Faith -- Essays on Old Testament Literature B. Davie Napier The Old Testament conveys the impression of coherent unity -- a unity achieved in the central themes and presuppositions of the community of Israel. The people of Israel understand the terms of their own existence, and its essential meaning, in the Yahweh-Abraham covenant.
Abraham's Faith Journey - the macrostructure of the Abraham story Dennis R. Bratcher notes the governing ideas and themes that give coherence to the larger narrative.
Unraveling the Mystery of Early Israel's Origins: Archaeology, Abraham and the Philistines Walter Mattfeld looks at the archaeological findings and compares them with the Biblical accounts.
The Age of the Patriarchs Richard Hooker - Washington State University
Family and Society in Ancient Israel A study of ancient Israel's social organisation and patrilineal descent.
The Rescue of Lot Ken Collins attempts to rescue this Bible text from the crossfire of dispute, restoring its original theological significance and devotional value.
Women Quilting a Biblical Pattern Letty M. Russell
Melchisedek in the MT, LXX and NT J.A. Fitzmyer
Akedah: The Binding of Isaac - when God alone is sufficient
Genesis 22: 1-19
William D Ramey holds
that this passage is among the best known and theologically most demanding
episodes in the Abrahamic Narrative. It poses acute questions
about the nature of faith and God's dealings with those who trust
in Him and that the
LORD’s test was designed to see to what extent Abraham would obey.
The Binding of Isaac W. Dow Edgerton explores the story of Abraham's sacrifice and concludes that there are as many methods of interpretation as there are interpreters.
Burial of Sarah Ben Kao An Exegesis of Genesis 23
The Sabbatical/Jubilee Cycle and the Seven-Year Famine in Egypt C. Carmichael. The Jubilee linked back to Joseph's counsel regarding the famine in Egypt.
Celebrating and Sharing the Gift: Reflections on Jacob, Israel's Ancestor Ralph W. Klein explores the presence of God in Jacob's dream at Bethel, his wrestling with God at Penuel and his reunion with his brother Esau.
Election and Transformation Genesis 25: 19-34 Lawrence Semel. The truth of the sovereignty of God and the glories of the doctrine of election. Jacob knew that election called for responsibility. What he had to learn was that his responsibility must be, above all else, the manifestation of a character that in all respects was conformed to the divine will.
Bethel: House of God Genesis 28:10-22 William D Dennison Jacob can leave Canaan because God has revealed a better country to him. That better country is Bethel, the house of God, the final redemption of his people.
Melchizadek in the MT, LXX and the NT J.A. Fitzmyer examines how the role of Melchizadek develops through Scripture.
What Really Happened to Dinah Suzanne Scholtz offers a feminist analysis of Genesis 34.
An Early Text for later Messianic Conceptions Greg Herrick examines Genesis 49: 8-12 in an attempt to show Davidic regal conceptions in the Old Testament as backdrop for the New Testament presentation of the Messiah.
Evolutionary Tales: Rhyme and Reason on Creation/Evolution Ronald L. Ecker presents evolutionary theory and the pseudoscientific nature of "creation science" through a recasting - complete with rhymed iambic pentatmeter verse - of Chaucer's classic and attempts to interest readers in further study of science in general and of the creation/evolution controversy in particular.
Dating the Pentateuch, Genesis and the Archaeological Anomalies and Anachronisms Walter Mattfeld looks at the archaeological findings and compares them with the Biblical accounts.
A look at some of the Myths and Motifs of the Ancient Near East that reflect with comparisons in the Genesis
Reading Scripture with Kenneth Burke - Genesis Paul E. Koptak khe rhetorical study must not be limited to matters of structure and style, but must consider the intention of writers to influence audiences. Burke’s recommendations for literary and rhetorical analysis can direct the reading of a biblical text in preparation for the communication of a text’s message for the purpose of achieving the same rhetorical effect that was intended for the original audience.
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