Invitation to Genesis: Short-Term Disciple Bible Study

9/19/2014

In the beginning . . . These first words in Genesis may be among the most familiar words in all the Bible. Many readers of the Bible recognize Genesis as a book that describes the beginning of all things: the Creation. This is certainly true but is only part of the story the creation of the world only takes up the first two chapters of a fifty-chapter book. What are the other chapters about?
This study approaches the Book of Genesis not simply as a story of the beginning but as a story of beginnings from start to finish. Through the study, participants will be invited to listen afresh to the witness of this opening book of the Hebrew Bible and to understand more clearly Gods purpose in beginning to form a people with the likes of Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, and Jacob and Esau.
Study Contents
1. The Beginning . . . and What Went Wrong
2. Another Beginning: The Flood . . . and What Went Wrong?
3. Another Beginning: Abraham and the Patriarchs
4. Abraham and a Glimpse to the Future
5. The Promise Fulfilled: Isaac
6. Another Beginning: Jacob and the Uneasy Birth of a People
7. Jacob: The Struggle Continues
8. Another New Beginning: Joseph and the Family of Israel
9. The Trek into Egypt
10. An End and Another Beginning: Israels Story Author Peter Enns - Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA

In addition to the author, video segments feature these scholars: Alice Ogden Bellis - Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC.Sidnie White Crawford - Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Chair of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE, Anathea Portier-Young - Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the Duke University Divinity School in Durham, NC.Tremper Longman III - Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.Michael E. Williams - Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee, and Series Editor for The Storytellers Companion to the Bible.


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