Lectures

Lent 2022
Eyewitness to Creation: Exploring Genesis 1-3

  • Session 1: Background—Myth, Space, and Time
    The first three chapters of Genesis have burrowed their way into our popular culture more than almost any other passages in the Judaeo-Christian Scriptures.
  • Session 2: Prehistory—Mythologies of the Ancient Near East
    Last session, we talked about the conceptual framework in which all myth exists. Every myth is a story that serves a purpose. It can be used to celebrate events or heroes, to model ideal behavior, or to explain the origin of things.
  • Session 3: Creation IA—The Inanimate World
    Now, before we charge ahead into verse three of Genesis, let’s take a look at the early history of Israel where the Book of Genesis was composed.
  • Session 4: Creation IB—The Animate World
    Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. On the seventh day God completed the work he had been doing; he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.
  • Session 6: Chaos Returns
    The author wanted people to come away from their writings with a deeper appreciation of the gift of creation and the power of the God who formed it. They also wanted people to better understand humanity’s place within it.
  • Session 5: Keeping Chaos at Bay
    In this section, we see the Yahwist holding chaos—represented by the desert wasteland—at bay and bringing plants, animals, and humans into the lush garden of creation, not just to enjoy it, but also to work with God in the maintenance of its richness and beauty.