Israelite Creation in Context

Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies

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The first chapters of Genesis are among the best known in the entire Bible – and the most debated. For many readers, the biblical creation story represents a rift between Scripture and Science; others attempt to interpret Genesis in light of scientific discoveries. But what if there’s more to the creation narrative than the so-called origins debate? In this course, you will look behind the curtain of ancient Israel to see what Genesis 1-3 really meant in its original Hebrew context. So much of our modern understanding is based on our modern knowledge. But what if we look at the verses and lean on the things that ancient Israelites and the neighbors knew and understood? Our understanding of what happened in Eden may take on a different shape. In this course, you will encounter the familiar creation stories from an ancient Israelite perspective and ponder Israel’s priestly polemic against other Near Eastern ideas about life reality.

About Author

Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser

Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies

In addition to his work with Israel Bible Center as Professor of Hebrew Bible, Dr. Schaser is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Macalester College and the Adjunct Instructor of the New Testament at Bethel Seminary (both in St. Paul, Minnesota). Professor Schaser’s research interests include rabbinic literature and the Jewishness of the New Testament, with particular focus on Midrash and the Gospel of Matthew. Teaching widely in both synagogues and churches, Dr. Schaser strives to promote mutual learning and respect between Jews and Christians.

Dr. Schaser enjoys communicating with participants and asks that those with questions or comments please email him at:

*Please do not contact Macalester College or Vanderbilt University for correspondence with Dr. Schaser.

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  • 02. Divine Function in Genesis 08:12
  • 03. Creation and Separation 08:48
  • 04. Material vs. Functional Creation 09:30
  • 05. Making and Appointing 08:14
  • 06. Bringing Forth and Evolution 08:13
  • 07. Creation Polemics 10:38
  • 08. Knowing God Through His Creation 11:18
  • 09. Sanctifying Time vs. Space 10:03
  • 10. The Image and Likeness of God 06:46
  • 11. Archetypal Account of Genesis Ch. 2 09:41
  • 12. Mortality, Order, and Chaos 08:03
  • 13. Eden as a Sacred Space 06:28
  • 14. The First Woman 11:03
  • 15. Two Halves and One Flesh 06:57
  • 16. The Snake in Eden 07:37
  • 17. The Snake as Satan 11:12
  • 18. The Snake and Forbidden Fruit 11:02
  • 19. The Consequences of Disobedience 10:40

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    This is a very interesting and enlightening course.
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    Love this class. Dr. Schaser explanations and examples of the text open to me what the text said . This answer a lot of my questions that is not presented in the church study.
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