Book of Genesis
What you'll learn
- Explore the story the Bible is telling and how it got started.
- Learn why Genesis is not a 'transcript' of Creation, but a lavish description of the house God is making for himself.
- Find out what it means to be made in the image of God and the purpose of the human vocation.
- Examine how and why God's project all went horribly wrong and how God put his creation project back on track through a new human pair.
- Discover how God's promise is the golden thread that weaves throughout the story, which goes on into the Pentateuch and eventually the New Testament.
- Get to know Abraham and his family and why these characters are far from typological examples.
- Trace the story of Jacob and his son, Joseph, and how the family of God ends up in Egypt.
- Be encouraged by God's provision and rescue in Egypt and why this is important foreshadowing for the rest of the story.
- Current translation of the Bible.
- Curiosity about Creation and God's 'Human-Project'.
- Interest in narrative themes in Genesis and the story of the origins of the family of God.
This introductory course offers an overview of Genesis—the beginning of the beginning—focusing on the biblical narrative with its various twist and turns. We invite you to join Prof. N.T. Wright as he explores the early family history of God’s people that gives meaning and shape to the story of Israel. Rather than offering textual criticism or a look at various sources and strands of Old Testament theology, this course concentrates on the book as we have it. The lectures will trace the narrative about God, God’s Creation, and his people, and will also be useful for those who are interested how the New Testament draws from the story Genesis is telling. Along the way, you will learn why people like Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, and Joseph are not just characters to imitate as moral examples but are themselves deeply flawed and, like us, in need of God’s rescue.
The course material is organised in four sections that include:
· God’s Purpose: What is God doing? Who is it for? Where is Creation headed?
· God’s Promise: Why is God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob significant?
· God’s Presence: Where will God continue to dwell with his people?
· God’s Provision: How does God provide and ultimately rescue his people of the promise?
By the conclusion, you will have learned how the people of Israel understood how their own story was being foreshadowed and why it matters. This course will encourage you to discover new energy and meaning from what happened from, and in, the beginning.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who is curious about 'the beginning of the beginning'.
- Anyone interested in learning important themes in God's purposes for his people and his Creation.
- Anyone looking for an overview of the narrative of Genesis, the story of the patriarchs, and how it all got started.
- Bible study or small group leaders who are interested in an introductory course that will appeal to a wide range of learners.
- Clergy, preachers, or teachers seeking resources that connect the story the Bible is telling to strands of rescue and redemption in the New Testament.
N.T Wright received his BA, MA and D.Phil. from Oxford University. He taught New Testament at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities 1978-1993. He was Dean of Lichfield, then Canon of Westminster, then Bishop of Durham (Church of England), 1994-2010. Prof. Wright is Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and is currently Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has published over 85 books and hundreds of articles. In 2014 Prof. Wright received the Burkitt Medal from the British Academy for services to New Testament scholarship. He enjoys music, golf the Isle of Harris, and spending time with his family in the midst of a busy schedule of writing and travelling.
David Seemuth has a Ph.D. from Marquette University in the field of Religious Studies with an emphasis on New Testament Theology. He has taught at the graduate level for over 30 years at numerous universities and seminaries. He also has 21 years of on-line teaching experience. His passion is to see that people not only understand the Scripture, but also apply them to daily life.
Jennifer Loop is currently a doctoral candidate at Durham University. She is the Director of Ministry Engagement for the Wisconsin Center for Christian Studies, and plays a critical role in the online education, both organizational and theological, by guiding the online student experience. Jennifer enjoys engaging with a ‘virtual community’ of diverse students and learners to explore how theology, faith and practice intersect.