This Book of Genesis has stories, poems, genealogies organized by generations – all in a narrative of Israel’s ancient beginnings and creation. Patriarchs, Matriarchs, dramatic moments of floods, murder, barrenness, betrayal – are all part of the stories. Only the book of Acts competes with its storytelling!
This talk looks at chapters 1 – 25, examining content, dating and authorship, then dive deeply into the family story of Abraham and his heirs.
Although we are interested in the historical and literary parts of Genesis, we really want to see how this book and the family that dominates it, can teach us lessons about our own walk with God today. We learn how these ancient stories were written to address the challenges Israel faced--seeing how the historical, political and religious background can unlock the themes of promise and faithfulness so important to our lives today.