Bible+Theology

Series Introduction: This Is Us

In the brokenness and messiness of our lives, we have a faithful God who knows we are a mess, wants a relationship with us, and wants to use us for His plans and purposes. In our new series, This is Us, we will take a closer look at the stories of Genesis that show God working through generations of broken people. As we look at individual stories, we discover that God works on a time scale that is beyond our own individual lifetime and often beyond what we can see and understand.

Series Overview

  • March 10 – Living in Fear
  • March 17 – Living by Faith
  • March 24 – Choosing Deception
  • March 31 – Choosing Self-Reliance
  • April 7 – Leading with Wisdom
  • April 14 – Leading with Sacrifice

Recommended Resources

The Story of God Bible Commentary: Book of Genesis

This commentary written by Tremper Longman III and Scot McKnight is a great one for people who are looking to understand the ancient meaning of Genesis as well as what it means for our lives today.

 

Biblical Storytelling: Repetition and Themes// The Bible Project

As we read Scripture, it’s important to understand how the various biblical authors designed these books so that we better understand what it is the Bible is telling us. In this blog post, Tim Mackie helps us to understand the use of repetition and themes in Genesis 12-50.

 

How to Read the Bible// The Bible Project

If you prefer listening or watching to reading, The Bible Project has a great series on how to read the Bible.

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The Art of Biblical Narrative// Robert Alter

Maybe you’ve experienced this… you come to Genesis with good intentions to read through the Bible and then it’s not long before you’re bogged down with questions and confusion, feeling like the text raises more questions than it answers.

Some of that confusion is because you are reading a book that was written thousands of years ago, and it’s written in a way that we don’t typically encounter in our day to day lives. When we expect the Bible to be written in a way that we’re familiar with, it can cause confusion about what it’s actually saying.

The Art of Biblical Narrative teaches us how the writers of the Bible used different literary styles and devices to tell the story of God. By recognizing and understanding those devices, we will have a deeper understanding of how the first readers would have understood the Hebrew Bible … because remember, the Bible was written for us, but not to us.

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