Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Week 8: Genesis 10–11:26

This week we looked at the Table of Nations (Gen. 10) and the scattering of the nations at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1–9). We ended by looking at how some of the New Testament writers reverse the curse of Babel.

  • Brief review of major concepts

  • Table of nations (Genesis 10)
  • Main idea statement for Genesis 11:1–9
  • How is the story of the tower of Babel commonly preached?

  • How do the New Testament authors interpret and apply the story of Babel?  

At-Home Skills Practice:

  • Step 1: We’re moving into the next movement of Genesis. Now we’ll be focusing on Genesis 11:27–25:18. This is basically the account of Abraham. Since this will be new territory for you, it may be slow-going this week. Just focus on reading through it three times this week. Use an audio Bible, if that helps you.
  • Step 2: Our in-class discussion next week will focus on Genesis 12. Now is a good time to go back and review some of our basic skills that we worked on in the beginning. Describe how you have typically heard this preached and applied? What are your biases? (Remember, biases aren’t necessarily good or bad. We’re just trying to increase our awareness of what they are so we can analyze whether they are accurate or inaccurate as we progress through our study.)
  • Step 3: Write out 15 questions that you have about Genesis 12. Remember, there are three broad categories of questions that you can choose from.
    • History/culture/language/word study/background
    • Theology
    • Application  
Digging Deeper:

  • Read: Chapter 5 in Stuart and Fee's book, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.