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bible studies and messages from the anastasis center: genesis

Below are small group leader notes, sermons, and exegetical notes on the Book of Genesis.

We make the best of modern biblical scholarship, along with early Christian exegesis, relevant and practical.

Messages on Genesis

Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 God, Humanity, and the Original Creation

Genesis 1:1 - 2:25 Your Choices Shape Your Desires

Genesis 2:4 - 4:25 Human Beings Bearing the Image of God

Genesis 1:1 - 11:26 What Does God Value More? The Individual or the Social Order?

Genesis 1:1 - 22:18 Can We Trust This God?

Genesis 25 - 35 Three Types of Pain from the Story of Jacob

Small Group Leader Notes on Genesis

Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 God, Humanity, and the Original Creation

Genesis 2:4 - 25 Human Beings Bearing the Image of God

Genesis 2:8 - 17 The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

Genesis 3:1 - 7 Temptation and the Fall into Corruption

Genesis 3:8 - 19 The Fall's Consequences; God's Redemption Begins

Genesis 3:20 - 24 God Covers Adam and Eve's Shame

Genesis 4:1 - 25 The Beginning of Hell on Earth

Genesis 4:1 - 16 Human Nature Can Be Corrupted Further

Genesis 4:16 - 25 Walling Yourself Off and Taking Others With You

Genesis 2:4 - 4:25 From Garden to City: Before and After the Fall

Genesis 5:1 - 6:8 Human Beings Bearing the Tarnished Image

Genesis 6:9 - 9:29 God, the Author, Judge, and Renewer of His Creation

Genesis 10:1 - 11:26 Humanity's Second Great Fall and the Second City

Genesis 1:1 - 11:26 Genesis in the Midst of Other Stories: The Character of God and the Value of Human Life

Genesis 11:27 - 13:4 God's Invites an Old Humanity to a New Eden

Genesis 13:5 - 14:24 God Helps Undo Our Jealousy and Be a True Brother

Genesis 13:5 - 18 God Helps Undo Our Jealousy

Genesis 14:1 - 24 God Helps Me Be My Brother's Keeper

Genesis 15:1 - 21 God Promises Life Out of Death in Abram's Body

Genesis 16:1 - 16 The Family's Next Fall into Sin; God's Redemption

Genesis 17:1 - 27 The Sign of God's Cleansing and Transforming Work

Genesis 18:1 - 15 God Brings Life Out of Death in Sarah's Body

Genesis 18:16 - 33 God Teaches His People to Pray

Genesis 19:1 - 38 The Result of Abraham's Prayer:  God Rescues Lot

Genesis 20:1 - 18 God Redeems Abraham's Sin Again

Genesis 21:1 - 34 Is God Really the God of Life?

Genesis 22:1 - 24 The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son

Genesis 23:1 - 20 Sarah's Death and Abraham's Witness to Hope

Genesis 24:1 - 67 Rebekah, the Bride to Match Isaac

Genesis 25:1 - 26:35 God Extends His Blessing to the New Couple

Genesis 27:1 - 28:9 When We Prioritize Our Appetites Over God's Word

Genesis 28:10 - 22 God Turns Jacob's Flight into Holy Adventure

Genesis 29:1 - 30 The Holy Familiar and the Painful Reversal

Genesis 29:31 - 30:24 God Heals the Jealousy Between Two Sisters

Genesis 30:25 - 31:16 Jacob Learns to Let God Defend Him

Genesis 31:17 - 55 God Calls His People Back to the Garden Land and Back to Proper Boundaries

Genesis 32:1 - 32 God Wounds Jacob's Sin to Heal Him

Genesis 33:1 - 17 God Reconciles the Two Brothers

Genesis 33:18 - 34:31 Not a Happy Ending Yet: Jacob Endangers Dinah

Genesis 35:1 - 20 Not a Happy Ending Yet: Jacob's Homecoming

Genesis 37:1 - 36 God Begins to Undo the Favoritism in Jacob's Family - By Favoring the Favored

Genesis 38:1 - 30 Judah Tries to Exclude Tamar from God's Blessing

Genesis 39:1 - 23 God Develops a Partner for Blessing in Exile

Genesis 40:1 - 23 God Develops a Partner for Blessing in Prison

Genesis 41:1 - 57 God Develops a Partner for Blessing the World

Genesis 42:1 - 38 Joseph Incognito Provides for His Brothers

Genesis 43:1 - 34 A Brother's Keeper Sees the Face of God

Genesis 44:1 - 45:15 Joseph Discloses Himself to His Family

Genesis 45:16 - 47:26 Joseph Provides for the Whole World

Genesis 47:27 - 49:33 Jacob Prophecies Over His Children

Genesis 50:1 - 26 Joseph's Theology: God Redeems Evil and Brings Good Out of It

Notes and Essays on Genesis

The Creation Account in Genesis and Tolkien's Silmarillion

Literary Structures in Genesis

The Genesis Account and the Documentary Hypothesis

The Creation Account and the Narrative of Science

God, Omnipotence, and Evil: God in Genesis

Jesus in Genesis?

Whose Family? Which Union? Reflections on Scripture, Human Sexuality and God's Purposes

Why Did God Choose a "Chosen People"? Why Not Just Skip Right to Jesus? 

The Troubling Acts of God: Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptian Firstborn, and the Canaanites

Helpful Books and Articles on Genesis

John W. Welch, Chiasmus in Ancient Greek and Latin Literatures excellent resource demonstrating the prevalence of chiastic literary structures in Greek and Latin literature

Gordon Hugenberger, The Historicity of the Bible (ppts to his class lecture, Theology of the Pentateuch)

Robert Alter and Frank Kermode, The Literary Guide to the Bible (Amazon book, Sep 1, 1990) has very helpful insights

Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Literature (Amazon book, 1981)

Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Poetry (Amazon book, 1985)

Meir Sternberg, The Poetics of Biblical Narrative: Ideological Literature and the Drama of Reading (Amazon book, Aug 22, 1987)

Isaac M. Kikawada and Arthur Quinn, Before Abraham Was: The Unity of Genesis 1 - 11 (Amazon book, Mar 1989)

Jon D. Levenson, The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity (Amazon book, Mar 1989)

Robert Alter, The World of Biblical Literature (Amazon book, Mar 17, 1992)

John H. Sailhamer, The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary (Amazon book, Feb 21, 1995)

John H. Sailhamer, Introduction to Old Testament Theology: A Canonical Approach (Amazon book, Oct 14, 1999)

Duane Garrett, Rethinking Genesis: The Source and Authorship of the First Book of the Pentateuch (Amazon book, Jan 1, 2001)

Paul Borgman, Genesis: The Story We Haven't Heard (Amazon book, Aug 25, 2001)

J.P. Fokkelman, Narrative Art in Genesis: Specimens of Stylistic and Structural Analysis (Amazon book, May 14, 2004)

Rikk Watts, Making Sense of Genesis 1 (Stimulus journal, Nov 2004) excellent comparison between Genesis 1 and the creation myths of other Ancient Near Eastern cultures

John H. Sailhamer, The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition and Interpretation (Amazon book, Nov 15, 2009) 

N.T. Wright, If Creation is Through Christ, Evolution is What You'd Expect (BioLogos, Apr 24, 2017) short, excellent 4 minute reflection on Colossians 1 and Genesis 1

Helpful Practical Tools to Teach Genesis

Alastair Roberts, 40 Days of Exoduses  (blog)

Damon Young, The Wisdom of Gardens (Aeon, Jun 14, 2013) gardens expand our thinking, console us in times of crisis, school us in emotional generosity, and show us that life goes on

The Bible Project, The Book of Genesis, Overview Part 1 (The Bible Project, May 19, 2014) covers Genesis 1 - 11; a good explanation of the tree of knowledge of good and evil as the choice to trust God to define good/evil or not trust God 

The Bible Project, The Book of Genesis, Overview Part 2 (The Bible Project, Jul 24, 2014) covers Genesis 12 - 50

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