We begin our study “In God’s Holy Word” looking at the “Introduction” to The New American Commentary on (vol 1a) Genesis 1-11:26, by Kenneth Mathews.
With nearly 100 pages of material (pages 21-112), divided into seven sections, we will look at the reasons and methods used by the commenters in compiling the commentary. After we read and work through the introduction we will dive into Genesis 1 through Genesis 11.
I encourage you to borrow a copy (from a library) or buy your own copy of this commentary, so you can follow along and work through the commentary with us.
Introduction & Commenting on Genesis
(The New American Commentary, vol. 1a, Genesis 1:1-11:26, pages 22-24)
The Book of Genesis is filled with all sorts of stories: from creation of the world to the annihilation of civilizations—from the destruction of two cities to saving the ancient Middle East from famine. We read not only of early mankind and their struggles and triumphs but, more importantly, we read of how God has worked throughout history and His plan for our future.
These stories are amongst the most well known from the entire Old Testament. They seem to be so far removed from us today that most of us do not give them a second thought. They are good or interesting to read, but they also have theological, philosophical and moral truths.
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