Old Testament

Genesis

Introduction to the Course – Discussion Questions

Interpretation Questions:

  1. Where is the line between the Genesis stories we accept as non-historical ancient myth and those we read as historically plausible? Why do we draw the line where we do?
  2. How many different genres, or types of literature, are represented in Genesis? What might this tell us about the origins of the book?
  3. Why does Genesis hold such appeal for the modern reader? Is it simply because it comes first?

Application Questions:

  1. How does the existence of multiple authors affect your understanding of Genesis as a sacred text?
  2. Think of the patriarchs in Genesis alongside mythical figures from other literature, such as King Arthur. What role does telling these stories have in society?
  3. What do you make of the role of myth in Genesis? How does considering it myth affect your interpretation?

Comment below or engage with fellow learners in the forum to discuss these topics.

1. Where is the line between the stories in Genesis that we more readily accept as non-historical ancient myth and those stories that we begin to read as historically plausible? Why do we draw the line where we do?, 2. How many different genres, or types of literature, are represented in Genesis? What might this tell us about the origins of the book?, 3. Why does Genesis hold such appeal for the modern reader? Is it simply because it comes first?

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