Looking back at Genesis

Having finished reading and blogging on Genesis, I'd like to share some notes.

Refreshing comments from an old commentary on Genesis 1-3

Enough Light

In a recent post, I mentioned I read through a commentary of Genesis by Derek Kidner in the Tyndale OT series. It is copyright from 1967. The point in noting its older date, is that I was surprised (pleasantly) by some egalitarian or progressive thoughts on the opening chapters of Genesis.

In the introduction Kidner states, in regards to the Fall:

“The shattering of the harmony of man and wife, not by any mutual disagreement but by their agreeing together against God, proved at once how dependent it had been on His [God’s] unseen participation. Without Him, love would henceforth be imperfect, and marriage would gravitate towards the sub-personal relationship foreshadowed in the terms ‘desire’ and ‘rule.'”

Kidner goes on to say that the rest of Genesis confirms this tendency. “Polygamy is partly to blame for this, but polygamy is itself the symptom of an unbalanced view of marriage, which…

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Reflections of Genesis

Having finished reading and blogging on Genesis, I'd like to share some notes.

Genesis 48-50: The end of an era

Part thirteen of Genesis brings us to the end of this book! Here we will take a look at the deaths of Jacob and Joseph.

Genesis 39-47: The Rise of Joseph

Welcome to part twelve of the Genesis series! This part deals with a story that I think is familiar to most Western Christians at least. This is the story of Joseph interpretting the dreams of Pharaoh and heading off the great famine that hits the area. He is also reunited with his family in these chapters.

Genesis 35-38: You might call him a dreamer

Part eleven Genesis sees the appearance of Joseph's dreams and initial response he receives for them. Follow me through chapters 35-39!

Genesis 32-34: Jacob comes home

This will be part ten of Genesis! These chapters cover Jacob's coming home and then the rape of Dinah, his daughter, along with the consequences of her perpetrator. This is also where Jacob receives his new name. Check it out!

Genesis 28-31: Jacob in flight

Part nine of the Genesis series picks up when Jacob flees his brother's wrath. Take a look at what happens while he's gone!

Genesis 24-27: The adult life of Isaac

Part eight of the Genesis series covers the main part of Isaac's life as he marries Rebekah and they have twins.

Genesis 20-23: Trusting others makes us horribly, horribly vulnerable. What about trusting God?

Part seven of the Genesis series focuses on chapter twenty to twenty-three and concludes the story of Abraham. This part has quite a familiar stories, let's take a look and see if we find new things!

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