Category Archives: Genesis

What Was Wrong with Cain’s Offering? A Possible Hint from Hebrew Grammar

[I post a lot about Old Testament/Hebrew Bible on this blog. This post explores one of the perennial problem passages in the early chapters of Genesis.  Originally posted 03/2009] One of the many crux interpretums in the early chapters of … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Biblical Teaching, Genesis, Hebrew, Hebrew Grammar, Old Testament | 5 Comments

The Androgynous Adam: Sex and Sexuality in the Garden

Claude Mariottini, over at his eponymous blog, drew our attention to a couple recent books on the Bible and Sex, Michael Coogan’s God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says (New York: The Hachette Book Group, 2010; buy from Amazon.ca … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Creation, Genesis, History of Interpretation | Comments Off on The Androgynous Adam: Sex and Sexuality in the Garden

Adam’s Premature Ejection

One of the challenges we face with interpreting some biblical stories is the problem of familiarity. We don’t really read the text carefully because we already know what it means. This is the case for many of us when we … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Creation, Genesis | 2 Comments

How Not to Preach from Genesis 1

Robert Cargil has an excellent discussion and critique of Mark Driscoll’s exegesis of Genesis 1, especially Driscoll’s appeal to Targum Neofiti to show some Jews before the time of Christ held Trinitarian views. Here is Robert’s intro: Apparently, as a … Continue reading

Posted in Aramaic Targums, Bible, Genesis, Hebrew, Hermeneutics, Old Testament | 4 Comments

Coins or Scarabs?

As noted in a comment in my last post, Daniel O. McClellan over at his his blog Maklelan, has some possible pictures of the so-called “coins” that were discovered. If he is correct in his opinion and if his pictures … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East, Discoveries, Genesis | 2 Comments

Coins from the Joseph Era found In Egypt!?

News reports are buzing this morning about a cache of coins discovered among some unsorted artifacts in the recesses of the Museum of Egypt. Not only are coins not thought to have been used in ancient Egypt, more surprisingly, the … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Discoveries, Genesis, Joseph, News | 7 Comments

Cain and Abel: A Cameo from Year One

My previous post on Cain and Abel reminded me of a somewhat funny (OK, it is funny — just a little dark) trailer for a new Harold Ramis film, The Year One: The film follws the adventures of two lazy … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Bible & Film, Film, Genesis, Humour, Old Testament | Comments Off on Cain and Abel: A Cameo from Year One

New and Forthcoming Commentaries on Genesis

I have been perusing a couple new commentaries on the book of Genesis and decided to update my commentary listing.  I am aware of four recently published commentaries on Genesis: Bill T. Arnold. Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary; Cambridge University … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Commentary Survey, Genesis, Old Testament | 4 Comments

What Does Harmonizing Genesis 1 and 2 Really Accomplish?

I am teaching an undergraduate course on the book of Genesis this semester and have been reflecting on how to best read the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2. Many of my students have been brought up to read … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Biblical Teaching, Creation, Genesis, Old Testament | 4 Comments

Precious Moments Akedah

I came across this image as I was going through some old email; a student made it a number of years back. It certainly gives quite a different spin on the Akedah — the binding/near sacrifice of Isaac — as … Continue reading

Posted in Akedah, Bible, Genesis | 5 Comments