Study Genesis Stories For All They Are Worth

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Genesis is a foundational book of the Bible. It is the very beginning of God's revelation about himself. The course opens up with questions and explanations about the best practices in the study of the Bible and progresses to specific Genesis stories.  Curiously, much of Genesis is in the form of stories.

This course is presented in a seminar style. It assembles several recorded discussions between IBC faculty: Yeshaya Gruber, Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, Nicholas Schaser, Cindy Parker, and Tupa Guerra.  The professors engage some key ancient texts from Genesis and add some supplemental material that helps clarify those passages. As experts in biblical studies, history, ancient texts, and geography, they ask many questions of each other, at times debating and disagreeing, offering each other alternative ways to interpret the stories. Since these were live interactive sessions, many questions they discuss come straight from the audience as they move from one story to another.

Instead of a single lecturer's view, a whole team of experts brings their combined knowledge into these dialogues about Genesis. You will not be disappointed!    

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The IBC faculty hold advanced degrees in biblical, linguistic, and/or historical studies and come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We don't always agree with each other; but our team-taught courses and other materials make for lively and interesting interaction! Come join us as we study together. For more on individual scholars, please see here:

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  • 01. Best Ways to Study the Bible 17:42
  • 02. Humility in the Study of the Bible 23:20
  • 03. Hard Questions and Basic Methods 18:32
  • 04. Original Language and Meanings 25:32
  • 05. More About Methods and Approaches 33:13
  • 06. A Closer Look at Creation 22:06
  • 07. Creation from Nothing? 21:54
  • 08. Genesis Stories in the Dead Sea Scrolls 17:16
  • 09. Genesis and Babylonian Creation Story 15:38
  • 10. Ancient Questions about Creation 20:42
  • 11. The Evil of Humanity 22:16
  • 12. Nephilim and Watchers in Qumran Scrolls 32:02
  • 13. Perspectives about the Flood 21:40
  • 14. Perspectives about Babel 37:47
  • 15. The Significance of Abraham's Story 18:11
  • 16. Abraham's Journey of Faith 19:41
  • 17. The Binding of Isaac 22:18
  • 18. Sacrificing a Son 18:22
  • 19. Making Sense of Abraham's Test 30:53
  • 20. The Core of Joseph's Story 19:39
  • 21. The Geography of Joseph's Travels 19:41
  • 22. Joseph and his Brothers 17:19
  • 23. Questions About the Story 19:14
  • 24. Family Dynamics in the Story 19:39

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