A Little History for our Bible Study of Genesis
We are beginning this Bible Study with the first book, Genesis. Genesis is best understood as the book of beginnings. Victor P. Hamilton in New International Bible Commentary of the Old Testament wrote, “The title “Genesis” comes to us by way of the Latin Vulgate (Incipit Liber Bresith id est Genesis), which in turn borrowed, or transliterated, from the Greek LXX, Génesis. This word is best reproduced in English by “origin.” “(1) It is the beginning of the recorded story of Yahweh.
As we move onto chapter two of our Bible Study, we notice a change in the telling of the creation story but, it tells the same story.. why do you think this is?
**another nugget from a commentary 🙂 Kenneth A Matthews notes in the New American Commentary on Genesis, “This second section traces what became of God’s “good” creation as depicted in 1:1–2:3, with attention on the pinnacle of creation—human life. “The destiny of the human creation is to live in God’s world, with God’s other creatures, on God’s terms.”(2)
Bible Study requires reading the passage, several times. Our passage today is Genesis 2:5-25.
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- Remember that our Bible Study requires you ask the questions, why, where, who, when, and how! What is the Key Verse and Key themes? Ask all the THINGS!
- Did anything stand out to you?
- What did God use to create all things?
- What substance did Yahweh use to create man? What does this signify?
- Any special meaning stand out?
- God said it was not good that man was alone. How did He solve that issue?
- How did He create Eve?What was life like in Eden?
- What is God’s purpose for mankind?
- God is described so to speak as God the Planter ( the Creator of all living plants and life and God the Potter. He molded, formed, fashioned mankind out of the dust and breathed life into him. How does this thought form your concept of Who He is?
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Foot Notes 1.Victor P. Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990), 1.
K. A. Mathews, Genesis 1-11:26, vol. 1A, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996), 183.
In His Love,