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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.
I chose this study based upon the written reviews here on Amazon, as well as the fact that there are a series of these guides for the other books of the bible. This was a mistake, and I must apologize to my classmates for choosing this study guide. This guide was written by Phd's apparently for Phd's.
I've never read such rambling, frustrating questions in all of my life. One question took one quarter of the page and, as my wife put it, the structure of his sentences and questions is just very bad. The sentences are difficult to follow and many of the questions make no sense.
Mr. Kim cites that in creation the pattern was to work (six days) and then rest (on the Sabbath). I agree with that completely. Somehow, from 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 and Philippians 2:12-13, Mr. Kim comes to the conclusion that: "In the gospel, the pattern is to rest then work" (page 15), citing the mentioned verses. Much of the guide is like this, as if verses were just plugged in as references whether they support the point or not.
I regret the purchase of this study guide. This Wednesday I will apologize to our study group for this decision. Please try to view this guide in a bookstore before spending your money on it.
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.
This is a great study guide for the book of Genesis. It's well organized, and though the wording on a few of the questions are a bit cumbersome, the questions are generally very good and effective for starting conversations if you were going through this in a small group. My favorite thing is that the study guide keeps the reader on track with the text of the bible. Often study guides get very heavy into application before carefully examining the text of the scripture; this book avoids that pitfall.