Genesis and Canon
(The New American Commentary, vol. 1a, Genesis 1:1-11:26, pages 41-54) [Edited: I fixed the page numbers.]
Genesis 1-11 is the first truly universal book. It tells the story not only of the beginnings of the world and the human race, but also contains eschatological promises for the reconciliation of God and the entirety of humanity, not only the Israelites.
Being the first book is both the Jewish and Christian Bibles, it holds a significant place in our theology and understanding of God and sin. (We will more at the theology of Genesis in our next session.) As a community of believers, and in light of the Gospel message, we can take away a lot of interesting information from these first eleven chapters.
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