Study notes on Genesis

I’m going to go through my study materials for the Old Testament again this year, revising them. So I am starting with several posts of background materials for Genesis and the Old Testament.

I will keep insisting on this as I go, but it is important to remember that these are not notes on how to teach a lesson, but study notes on the lesson material. Of course, one could, having study using the notes, then create a lesson. So they aren’t irrelevant to teaching the lesson, just not intended as lesson materials.

Overview of Genesis

The Hebrew title is bereshit, “In the beginning,” the first word of the text.

I. “Genesis” is a transliteration of the Greek title of the book, genesis. The Hebrew title is bereshit, “in the beginning,” the first word of the text.

Speaking of Genesis, Margaret Barker says:

The word bara´ ["to create"] is similar in sound and form to the word for covenant, berith, and the Hebrew dictionary suggests that the root meaning of “covenant” is “to bind.” This similarity of the words for covenant-and-binding and the uniquely divine creative activity leads me to suspect that is the key to the older Creation story, that the words had been related. [The first or "invisible" creation] was a process of binding into bonds, engraving limits and definitions, and then using them to order the visible creation. (Temple Theology 44)

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