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Encountering the Book of Genesis: A Study of Its Content and Issues

ISBN: 9781441249579


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This accessible introduction to Genesis examines introductory issues, overarching themes, and the argument of the book. This work is designed for the serious student of the Bible—author Bill T. Arnold provides detailed discussions of topics such as authorship, Creation, Abraham’s faith, Jacob’s struggles, Joseph’s time in Egypt, and God’s enduring promises. Chapter outlines, key terms, study questions and sidebar information make this a valuable resource for those engaged in biblical studies.

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  • Provides detailed exposition on the major themes and arguments of Genesis
  • Includes thorough chapter outlines to provide context for study
  • Explores the book of Genesis with the serious student in mind
  • Part I: Encountering God’s Creation
    • The Grandeur of God’s Perfect Creation
    • The History of the First Human Family
    • What’s Wrong with This Picture?
    • Sin’s Contamination of Creation
  • Part II: Encountering Abraham: God’s Faithful Servant
    • The Beginning of Our Faith Heritage
    • Tracking Abram and His Family
    • “Then God Gave Him the Covenant”
    • Standing on the Promises of God
  • Part III: Encountering Jacob: God’s Troubled Servant
    • Jacob Struggles with His Family
    • Jacob Struggles with God
  • Part IV: Encountering Joseph: God’s Model Servant
    • Joseph in Egypt
    • Joseph over Egypt
  • Part V: Encountering the Authorship of Genesis
    • Evidence for Authorship
    • Interpretations of the Evidence
Arnold’s style is lucid and well-balanced, and the format adopted by the publisher is crisp and user-friendly. This is an important addition to the resources available to a serious student of Genesis.

Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

The strength of [this book] is its balanced coverage, including interpretive, theological, and critical issues. The author is even-handed in dealing with the wide variety of questions raised by the book of Genesis and writes in a style that is both theologically sophisticated and accessible.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

May its well-written and readable prose trigger a renewed interest in a balanced and eager study of this most important of Old Testament books.


  • Title: Encountering the Book of Genesis: A Study of Its Content and Issues
  • Author: Bill T. Arnold
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 1998
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 234
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Genesis › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9781441249579, 9780801026386, 1441249575, 0801026385
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T23:41:00Z

Dr. Bill T. Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and director of Hebrew Studies. He joined Asbury Theological Seminary’s faculty in 1995 with more than 10 years of teaching experience. Dr. Arnold received a B.A. at Asbury College, 1977; a M.Div. at Asbury Theological Seminary, 1980; and a Ph.D. at Hebrew Union College, 1985. While at Asbury Seminary, Dr. Arnold has served as vice president of academic affairs, director of postgraduate studies, chair of the area of Biblical Studies and director of Hebrew Studies. Prior to teaching at Asbury Seminary, Dr. Arnold taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Wesley Biblical Theological Seminary and Jewish Institute of Religion. Dr. Arnold is an elder in the United Methodist Church and is the former pastor of two churches. He is a teacher at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky. In 2003–2004, Dr. Arnold was named alumnus-in-residence at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has published many books, including his most recent, Genesis (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Dr. Arnold and his wife, Susan, have three sons.




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