The English word Genesis is derived from Greek, and is used to refer to origins and beginings. In Hebrew this book has a similar title – Bereishit – which is the first word of the book: “In the Beginning.”
On Sunday, we’ll start reading Genesis together. (We’ll start with Genesis 2, but don’t worry, we’ll be back for Genesis 1!) Here are some tools that you might find helpful in understanding the book as a whole:
Enter the Bible provides a summary, outline, background, introductory issues, and theological themes for each book of the Bible. The link is to their resources on Genesis.
Here is another good historical introduction and outline of Genesis from Biblica.
If you’d rather watch a video than read an article, check these out: The Bible Project on Genesis: Part 1, and Part 2.
If you run across something else that you think should be included, leave it in a comment!
This school year at Wilmington Friends Meeting, we’ll be journeying together through the whole arc of Scripture. We’re starting in the Garden of Eden in Genesis, working through the story of Israel, comparing and contrasting the Gospels, reading some of the earliest recorded documents of the Church, and ending in the City of God from the Book of Revelation. Buckle your seatbelts, Friends: this is going to be an adventure!
Each Sunday morning, unless we are led otherwise, our Scripture passage will be taken from the Narrative Lectionary. Here’s an overview of what’s coming, taken from their site:
The texts include the major episodes in Scripture. They are arranged in a narrative sequence to help people see Scripture as a story that has coherence and a dynamic movement:
From September to mid-December the preaching texts begin with the early chapters of Genesis, move through the stories of Israel’s early history, the exodus, the kings, prophets, exile, and return.
From Christmas to Easter there is sustained reading of one of the four gospels
From Easter to Pentecost the texts are chosen from Acts and Paul’s letters.
During the week, I’ll be posting daily readings here connecting between one Sunday and the next. If you read them all, by May you’ll have read a little bit from every book of the Bible. If you skim most of them and read some of them in depth (because let’s be honest, right?), you’ll still learn things you never knew about Scripture, see themes and motifs that you hadn’t noticed before, and walk away at the end of the Sunday School year having been both challenged and blessed. I hope you’ll join us on this journey, and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Here are some links that you might find helpful:
Bible Gateway – The Bible’s not just on paper anymore! Read or listen online!
9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible – Good advice for anyone.
Friendly Bible Study – We aren’t following this proceedure, but I think you’ll find the five queries helpful.
A Quaker Approach to the Bible – Henry Joel Cadbury’s view.