[bible:365] Day 1 – Genesis 1-5

I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first day of reading, and am so excited this is going to be a regular activity for the whole year!

On another note, I apologize for how late the posts came out today, I’m still figuring out the logistics of doing my reading and writing the posts in a way that works for me, but are still available for you before 11pm. Regardless, onto my reflection.

Chapter One

If you think about it, there is a lot of controversy over how our culture relates to what the Bible says, including such polarizing topics as abortion, homosexuality and the death penalty. But what hit me here is that you can’t even make it through the first sentence of the Bible without a major controversy arising.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1

Already we have controversy about whether this statement is true or not, not to mention the controversy that surrounds the rest of the chapter: continue reading….

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[bible:365] intro to genesis

Welcome to the first day of readings for the bible:365 project! This is incredibly exciting as we begin this journey together!

Intro to Genesis

Genesis is the first in a collection of five books referred to as the Pentateuch (a Greek term), or the Torah in the original Hebrew.  The authorship of these five books have been traditionally been attributed to Moses in both Christianity and Judaism, a tradition attested to in multiple places in both Old and New Testaments (Lev. 1:1-2; Neh. 13:1; Matt. 8:4; Acts 26:22).  According to this tradition, Genesis and the rest of the Torah was likely written during Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, probably between 1440 – 1400 bce. This authorship would have been accomplished through a compilation of multiple sources, both written and oral.

Beginning in the 19th century ce, more recent scholarship has called this tradition into question, continue reading…