When studying the Bible, you can’t get more foundational than Genesis. Atheist naturalism, young-earth creationism, old-earth creationism… there are so many perspectives on the origins of the universe, some shaped by the Bible, others not. It’s a matter of contemporary debate between atheists and Christians, and even among Bible scholars, opinion differs greatly on how to understand the first few chapters of Genesis. This subject takes a look at the variety of views on offer, getting to the heart of what we can and can’t say about creation from the biblical text. It also looks at the Abraham and Joseph stories, giving students the opportunity to learn how to read Hebrew narrative, explore which theological ideas can be drawn from Genesis and how to preach and apply these ancient stories.

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Subject Details

Mode Online On-campus 
Workload  12 credit points 12 credit points
Status  Elective Elective
Subject Code OT026 (English)
OT027 (Hebrew)
OT026 (English)
OT027 (Hebrew)
Pre/Corequisite OT001
OT027 requires the completion of LA003 and LA004
OT027 requires the completion of LA003 and LA004
Teacher  Andy Judd Andy Judd


  • A consideration of the application of key background and introductory issues to the interpretation of Genesis
  • Critical exegesis of six chapters of Genesis appropriately spread across the two main divisions of Genesis 1-11 and 12-50. The chapters chosen are Genesis 2-3, 12, 22, 37, 39
  • The derivation and discussion of key theological themes from Genesis in the light of scholarly debate
  • The application of the findings of the studies to contemporary ministry

Study Expectations
In this subject, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages covered by the syllabus. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this advanced subject.


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