Bible Study Syllabus (Genesis)

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This is the syllabus used when the Bible study was reading the book of Genesis, in the summer of 2008. Throughout the study of the book of Genesis we used Leon R Kass' commentary called The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis.

Schedule

May 13


Topic

Genesis 1

Readings

  • Chapter 1 of Kass's Commentary
  • Selections from Barth's Church Dogmatics


May 20


Topic

Genesis 2 & 3

Readings

Chapters 2 & 3 of Kass's Commentary


May 27


Topic

Genesis 4 & 5

Readings

  • Chapter 4 of Kass's Commentary
  • Forward and chapter "The Founding Murder" from I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard


June 3


Topic

Genesis 6

Readings

  • Chapter 5 of Kass's Commentary
  • "The Virtues in Heroic Societies" by Alasdair MacIntyre


June 10


Topic

Genesis 7 & 8

Readings


June 17


Topic

Genesis 9: 18-28

Readings

  • Chapter 7 of Kass's Commentary
  • Straight Dope on Drunken Noah. Note that there are actually two pages to this website (I originally and accidentally sent out only page 2). The first page is about the text and the second about the historical use of the text. Feel free to read one or both. I look forward to questions and discussion in the forum.


June 24


Topic

Genesis 10 & 11

Readings

  • Chapter 8 of Kass's Commentary
  • God Came Down... and God Scattered: Acts of Punishment or Acts of Grace? by Nancy deClaisse-Walford


July 1


Topic

Genesis 10 & 11

Readings

  • Chapter 9 of Kass's Commentary


July 8


Topic

Abraham and Sarah

Readings


July 15


Topic

Patriarchy

Readings

  • Chapter 11 of Kass's Commentary


July 22


Topic

"Inheriting the Way", from Abraham to Isaac

Readings

  • Chapter 12 of Kass's Commentary