This chapter is the beginning of the Bible, and beginnings are important. We learn why the world was made, and how God is “different”. Among other structural details we will notice is this one (the diagramme may help as you listen): Day Creation Day Creation One Light Four Luminaries Two Water and Sky Five Birds and Sea Creatures Three Land and Vegetation Six Land animals (inc. Humans)   https://5minutebible.com/audio/genesis1.mp3Read More →

In the comments on part 1 several people expressed the hope/fear that I would open the question of children as audience for Genesis. I didn’t but now some years later redoing that post with visuals reminded me how good it would be to ask that question. Recognising that, though not the primary audience for Genesis, children are envisaged as an audience for Genesis has profound implications for how we read Genesis. I begin to sketch them here. Only begin because already the ‘cast is nearer six minutes than five 🙁 1 I must be getting old, and will clearly need to watch the timing moreRead More →

Since I am teaching Genesis again I am filling out the gaps in my podcasts on this book. I think it is important to notice that Genesis is told to us by (at least) two narrators. The story comes to us as an edited text, that is it already in its telling belongs, not to one person, not even a great hero like Moses, but to a community. For it is a book that tells of the origins not only of “everything” but of the people of God… In this podcast I’ll focus on chapters 1-5 where it is easiest to spot the different narrators,Read More →

I’ve been marking student assignments for a course on Genesis. The more I mark the more I become aware of the issue of the intended (expected/implied) audience. In this podcast I’ll suggest that the answer is not as simple as it sounds 😉 and draw a conclusion about our practices of reading Scripture…  Read More →

The story of Noah and his Ark is not at all a nice simple children’s tale. For a start, if read literally it raises questions of genocide (or worse attempted extinction of the human species, as well as most others). But should we try to read this story literally? I’ll argue we cannot, and that therefore we should consider understanding it as a ‘Wotif’ story….  Read More →