“The end of history is like The Beginning in that a harmonious and wonderful relationship with God is reestablished.” – Raymond Dillard and Tremper Longman III
The Importance of Genesis to a Christian Understanding of the Bible and All of Life
- An appreciation of Genesis as the foundation of Scripture, which is the only rule of faith and practice.
- An understanding of how the stories of Genesis teach us what to believe and how to live in faith.
- A strong grid for connecting the stories of Genesis together.
- A view of all of Scripture as that which points ultimately to Christ.
- A familiarity and tolerance of differing interpretations of Genesis themes.
- A revived thirst for holiness and righteousness as a member of God’s covenant family.
Major Themes of Genesis
- Creation – “In the beginning, God…” (Gen 1:1)
- Fall – “…Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD…” (Gen 3:8)
- Covenant – “…there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.” (Gen 15:17)
- Family – “Now this is the genealogy of…” (Gen 10:1)
- Salvation – “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed…” (Gen 22:18)
Outline of Genesis
- Possible Outlines
- Proper Outline Derived from the Text
- Structure of Genesis
- Genesis: A Commentary (Bruce Waltke)
- Genesis: An Expositional Commentary (James M. Boice)
- Kingdom Prologue (Meredith Kline)