Genesis Background Resources

At our weekly men’s discipleship breakfast this morning we went over the sermon text for our upcoming Lord’s Day which is Genesis 1:1-2. In these discipleship times, I will be recommending (and at times giving away) resources to help men in their own studies of the book.

This morning I mentioned that it would be helpful to have a background resource in the form of an introduction to the Old Testament. The purpose of an introduction is to give you background information that will help you understand the mesage of a book, recognize overarching themes, know details about author, audience, time of writing and other related issues. An introduction can also help you deal with criticsm of the Bible by scholars who reject a Christian worldview and who publish their views for the public. As Christians build their own personal libraries (which by the way every Christian should), a resource like this would be helpful to have.

Introduction to OT

Specifically, I recommend either one of the following: Tremper Longman and Raymond B. Dillard, An Introduction to the Old Testament or Gleason Archer, Survey of Old Testament Introduction.

Next week I will recommend a commentary or two for those who would like assistance in the interpretation of the text of Genesis from week to week. May the Lord richly bless your studies and may you have the spirit of Ezra:

“For Ezra set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).


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