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|Genesis||3.0 credit hours|
|This “book of beginnings” is foundational for understanding the rest of Scripture. Genesis introduces most of the vital doctrines of the Bible and speaks to fundamental questions about the nature of God and his relationship with the universe, particularly with the humans in it. The covenant God makes with Abraham introduces an increasingly personal focus as the story moves through the lives of Isaac, Jacob, and finally, Joseph. This course seeks to read Genesis with respect both for its divine inspiration and its creation as a document in the Ancient Near East. Genesis has stimulated a wide range of interpretations, and students will be encouraged to critically examine the options within an evangelical perspective.|