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Mobile Ed: OT301 Origins of Genesis 1–3 (4 hour course - audio)

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Take an in-depth look at the first three chapters of Genesis with Old Testament expert Dr. John H. Walton. In this follow-up course to OT201, Dr. Walton focuses closely on the ancient Near Eastern context of the text, helping you see how the claims of Genesis 1–3 would have been understood by the book’s original audience. He also examines the function of the creation story and contentious issues between science and the biblical text.

This is the audio only version of OT301 Origins of Genesis 1-3. To purchase the full course, click here.

Course Outline

Unit 1: The Text and the Text in Its Context

  • Internal Logic in Genesis 1–3
  • Two Helpful Resources for Exploring Questions in Genesis
  • Authority
  • Reading an Ancient Text
  • Useful Resources for Studying Biblical Interpretation
  • Communication

Unit 2: The Bible’s Ancient Near Eastern Context

  • Unit 2: The Bible’s Ancient Near Eastern Context
  • Differences in How We See the World
  • The Importance of the Ancient Near East
  • Finding Ancient Near Eastern Creation Accounts
  • The Necessity of the Ancient Near East
  • Mythological Views of the World
  • Israel’s Cosmic Geography
  • Reading the Text

Unit 3: Science and the Bible

  • Natural and Supernatural
  • Two Principles for Understanding Science and the Bible

Unit 4: Proposed Thesis: Functional Focus

  • Text Analysis
  • Comparing Ancient Near Eastern Creation Accounts with Genesis
  • The Meaning of Bara' (“To Create”)
  • Searching for God as the Subject of Bara'
  • The Starting Point
  • Comparing Different Translations of Genesis 1:1
  • A Functional Focus

Unit 5: Functions and Functionaries

  • A House and a Home
  • Functions: Days One through Three
  • Ancient Near Eastern Focus on Functions
  • Functionaries: Days Four through Six
  • The Image of God
  • The Meaning of 'Asah (“To Make”)
  • Using the Proximity Search to Find Where 'Asah Occurs with Bara'

Unit 6: Proposed Thesis: A Cosmic Temple

  • Cosmos as Sacred Space: Why Does God Rest?
  • Researching Temple Accounts in Relation to Genesis 1
  • Cosmos as Sacred Space: Whose Home Is It?
  • Seven Days
  • Conclusions Regarding Genesis 1

Unit 7: Cosmology outside Genesis

  • Material and Functional Issues
  • Conclusion

Unit 8: Genesis 2–3

  • Use of the Word “Adam”
  • Literary Introduction
  • Archetypal Proposal
  • Formed from Dust
  • Human Origins in the Ancient Near East
  • Woman from the Side of Man
  • Highlighting Important Words with the “Interesting Words” Feature
  • Priestly Roles
  • Categorizing Uses of 'Ezer with a Passage List
  • Archetype Summary
  • Ancient Near Eastern Archetypes
  • Message of Archetypes
  • Adam in the New Testament
  • Narrative Art

Unit 9: Summary Issues

  • Material Origins Implications
  • “It Was Good”
  • Order, Non-Order, Disorder
  • Hypothetical Model: Pre-Fall
  • Hypothetical Model: Fall
  • Answers to Issues
  • How Should We Think?
  • Why It Matters

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About the Instructor

Dr. John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, spent 20 years teaching at Moody Bible Institute.

In his college years, he developed a passion for archaeology and Bible history. Instead of training to be an archaeologist, though, he focused his attention on studies comparing the culture and literature of the Bible and the ancient Near East. He has never lost his fascination with this subject, but comparative studies only provide one of the means by which he tries to get people excited about the Old Testament. He’s saddened by how little exposure to and understanding of the Old Testament many Christians have, but he’s passionate in doing whatever he can to remedy this spiritual and theological loss.