Sodom and Gomorrah Excavated?

A very interesting read over at The Sacred Page about a recent presentation at the Society of Biblical Literature. The archaeologists believe they have discovered the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and hint at what they believe the archaeological evidence their shows happened to those cities. Sodom and Gomorrah excavated

Free Genesis Bible Study Posted to the Bible Class Archive

Our Men’s class finished up Genesis last Wednesday night. I have posted the notes in the Bible class archive. This pdf covers all 50 chapters of Genesis in 17 lessons, 61 pages. Hopefully someone will benefit from these. Thanks also to Regan S who wrote two of the lessons in my absence. Genesis Bible Class […]

I Cannot Do It…But God Can

A line from Genesis 41 really hit me last week and it has been on my mind. It is Genesis 41:15-16, “15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”  16 […]

Why Is That Story There in the Bible? Judah and Tamar

Our men’s class has been studying Genesis. One of the big questions as you study through Genesis is why on earth is the story of Judah and Tamar stuck in Genesis 38? What makes the location of this story so strange is that it cuts the Joseph story right in half with no obvious connection. […]

Jacob Meets Esau – Prayer and Planning

It had been several decades since Jacob had last seen his twin brother Esau. They hadn’t left on the best of terms, unless you think fleeing your twin because you think they are going to murder you is good. Jacob is returning home and knows he is going to have to go through Esau to […]

Jacob Wept – Genesis 29:11

“While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed […]

The Jacob Discrepancy

I am not talking about the guy on lost. I am talking about the guy in Genesis who was one of the patriarchs and who got the name Israel after wrestling and angel. I have had a hard time understanding Jacob over the last few years. First there is the Jacob side of the equation: […]

Seeking God’s Guidance in All Things

I was just reading Genesis 24 and one thing I kept noticing is how much Abraham and company acknowledge God in the process of finding a wife for Isaac: They swear an oath before the Lord about it (24:3) Abraham recalls God’s promise (24:7) Abraham recalls God’s orders in regard to a wife for Isaac […]

Promise and Problems: The Story of Abraham

I am in the early stages of teaching through Genesis and one of the things that is really hitting home is the pairing of tension in Abraham’s life balanced with God’s promises. We read in 11:30 that Sarah is barren but we read in 12:2-3 that Abraham will be the father of many nations. He […]

Reflections on Genesis 2

If Genesis 1 doesn’t make you feel special by being God’s final, very good creation Genesis 2 should do it for you. Of all six days of creation the story focuses on the sixth day when God created man. God takes the lifeless dust of the ground and forms a man out of it. God […]