An intensive doctrinal and historical study of the text considering the related issues of chronology, creation, the fall, the flood, and the Patriarchal cultural setting. The lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph are given special attention for their practical value.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
As air is to breathing and water is to swimming, so is a thorough grasp of the book of Genesis primary to one's understanding of the remaining Scriptures and the total scope of systematic theology. Genesis is foundational in that it is God's revelation concerning crucial beginnings: the universe, our earth, man, sin, and salvation. Thus, one's theology will only be as sound as his understanding of Genesis. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that every Christian be knowledgeable of Genesis.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussion assignments are collaborative learning experiences. Each Discussion presents a specific topic to be addressed in 2 parts. During the first part, the student will compose a researched answer citing outside sources and then post it as a new thread. In addition to citing the Bible, the student is required to cite 2–3 additional sources, one of which must be the textbook. During the second part, the student will reply to the posted threads of at least 2 classmates. (CLO: D)
Weekly Study Questions Assignment (8)
Each Module: Week presents study questions which the student is expected to answer after completing the reading requirements. Answers must demonstrate some reflection of required reading material. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)
Interpretive Questions Assignments (3)
The student will complete three(3) Interpretive Questions Assignments in the course. Responses must refer to at least 3 different commentaries or journals. (CLO: D)
Abrahamic Covenant Chart Assignment
The student will read Genesis 12–50, focus on 6 factors (provided) about the Abrahamic Covenant, and then organize his or her findings into a chart that can serve as a teaching tool. Submission of the assignment must include a cover page that explains the chart. (CLO: E)
Cumulative Reading Report Assignment
In addition to the textbook, the student must read a minimum of 100 pages of scholarly journal articles or commentaries that are relevant to the course. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage the reading of detailed scholarly studies on pertinent subjects relating to the book of Genesis. These sources must be utilized as essential resource material for course assignments. The number of items read and also the total number of pages read in each item are to be recorded in the reading report form provided in the course. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)