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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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