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If you like knowing about the meta-story of the bible - meaning the over arching narrative rather than the detailed analysis of every action, every behaviour, then this book is for you. It also has a pretty postmodern critical theory type of approach. If those words creep you out then you're really missing out. The traditional casting of Abraham's family as icons of faith, who can do no wrong is analyzed from a more humanistic perspective, revealing that they were very flawed men and women, and thus they are revealed not to be the center of this narrative. God is put back rightly as the center of this story. It is not their giganic faith that we need to learn, but God's grace in the face of constant betrayal by the Patriachs that is startling and thought provoking. The bible is thus revealed to be about God, not about man. If any of what I said offends you, then this book series is not for you. Not to worry there are many more traditional bible study books for you.
This Genesis study was great for our small group Bible study. It asks questions that help you analyze scripture instead of just glossing over it. At the end of each section there are whole Bible connections, Gospel glimpses, and theological soundings that do a great job at wrapping up the ideas from the text/questions.
Without a decent knowledge of scripture this could be a challenging book as this series often asks you to compare scripture from other sections of the Bible with some prior knowledge expected.
This is the best Bible study I have found to date for content. It does not skip over any sections of scripture which is great, but there are no clear divisions to work on so you need to pace yourself well throughout the week. There is about 2 hours of material to go through for each week between reading the chapters from the Bible and answering the questions.
I bought this for a Bible study a friend of mine have been conducting where we have been going through all scripture one book at a time. This was the first of this particular series that we used and we both found it to be quite informative and enlightening. I love how it provides the Gospel Glimpses and Whole Bible Connections at the end of each session. It made us look at the Book of Genesis in a whole new light, and I could really understand God's word via this guide. I just bought the Exodus guide and look forward to continuing in this series.
For less than $10.00 we get a Bible scholar's notes on the Book of Genesis. Dr. Kim has produced a concise set of study notes for each of the 12 weekly lessons that follow the outline of “The Place of the Passage,” “The Big Picture,” “Reflections and Discussions,” – the questions sections which is especially helpful when using this work as a set of lesson plans – “Gospel Glimpses,” “Whole-Bible Connections,” and “Theological soundings.” It is often said that it takes more time and skill to write briefly than to write without thought to length. This work is a brief as I have seen for a Genesis study guide and yet seems to cover the essential points.
I strongly recommend this 12-week study to almost anyone interested in understanding the first book of the Bible.