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

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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.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Describe the challenges of reading an ancient text
  • Explain the concepts of “compatible truths” and “authoritative claims” and their significance for understanding the relationship between the Bible and science
  • Define “cosmic geography” and explain how ancient Near Eastern people viewed the cosmos
  • Discuss the functional focus of the creation account and contrast it with a material focus
  • Explain the concept and significance of a cosmic temple in Gen 1
  • Define an “archetype” and explain its importance in the account of Adam and Eve in Gen 2
  • Explain the concepts of order, non-order, disorder, and goodness in Gen 1–3
  • Summarize why the Church’s interaction with science is important

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
  • Quiz – Unit 1

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
  • Quiz – Unit 2

Unit 3: Science and the Bible

  • Natural and Supernatural
  • Two Principles for Understanding Science and the Bible
  • Quiz – Unit 3

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
  • Quiz – Unit 4

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'
  • Quiz – Unit 5
  • Midterm Exam

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
  • Quiz – Unit 6–7

Unit 8: Genesis 2–3

  • Use of the Word “Adam”
  • Literary Introduction
  • Archetypal Proposal
  • Formed from Dust
  • Human Origins in the Ancient Near East
  • Quiz – Unit 8a
  • 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
  • Quiz – Unit 8b

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
  • Quiz – Unit 9
  • Final Exam

Product Details

  • Title: OT301 Origins of Genesis 1–3
  • Instructor: John H. Walton
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 4

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About John H. Walton

John H. Walton is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. Before teaching at Wheaton, Walton taught at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years.

His primary focus is in areas of comparison between the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East, particularly Genesis. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament, and A Survey of the Old Testament.

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  1. Jeff



    Having been brought up with the traditional 6 days literal view, this is actually quite interesting. It gives you something to think about and answers some questions that's always there if you hold to a literal 6 days view. The teaching on the Sabbath is particularly insightful. Worth a view even if you don't hold to his view.
  2. Tom Daniels

    Tom Daniels


    Any work that deny's the scriptural 6 day creation while attempting to insert the religion of evolutionism is a must pass.
  3. Prayson Daniel
    Walton's works are a breathe of new air in understanding Genesis 1-2. I have read almost all his major books on Genesis 1. Watch all of his free online lectures on the subject. The more I read ANE literature the more I agree with Walton. Whether you agree or disagree with Walton's revolutionary understanding of Genesis 1-2, his works are must read for any one who is interested in going beyond YE-OE creationism. I cannot wait to a day I can afford this classes.
  4. Charles Sigler
    Walton's position on creation in "The Historical Adam" is called the Archetypal Creation View. His essay there has the following summary: In my view, Adam and Eve are historical figures—real people in a real past. Nevertheless, I am persuaded that the biblical text in more interested in them as archetypal figures who represent all of humanity. This is particularly true in the account of Genesis 2 about their formation. I contend that the formation accounts are not addressing their material formation as biological specimens, but are addressing the formation of all humanity: we are all formed from dust, and we are gendered halves. If this is true, Genesis 2 is not making claims about biological origins of humanity, and therefore the Bible should not be viewed as offering competing claims against science about human origins. If this is true, Adam and Eve also may or may not be the first humans or parents of the entire human race. Such an archetypal focus is theologically viable and is well-represented in the ancient Near East.
  5. Regis C

    Regis C


    Does anybody know the Creation position of this series? Literal 6 days or something else?


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