The 6th day and Noah’s Rainbow Covenant

Genesis 1 contains a mystery. 1.26 reads, “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’” Who is this “we”? The answer(s) is simple, right? For Christians, it is the Trinity. God is speaking to the Son and the Holy Spirit, although we never see this replicated, even in the New Testament. For some, this


CTP Bible Study – HaAdam, Ish and Ishah (Genesis 2.18–24)

(there are questions at the bottom if you just want to skip to that point) Plato’s Symposium will  factor into our discussion this week – as I have warned you several times now. If this link opens up correctly, you should see a paragraph beginning with “Aristophanes professed to open another vein of discourse…” Read this and the following two paragraphs. Why? Because this week we are going to go deep into Adam and Eve, or Ish and Ishah. There are three words in the Hebrew. We miss them because of our English translations which are primarily based on usage

Genesis / Theology

Does God want us to be more than human?

2 Peter 2.14 is hardly the sum total of the doctrine of theosis, but it is what gives us a sound start and finish when we begin to explore it. St. Athanasius puts it like this, “God became human so that humans can become divine.” What if this was God’s plan all along? That we become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 2.14)? Indeed, if one starts in Genesis 2 and then goes to the last few chapters of Revelation, we see a great cosmic plan, The Great Code, that does not merely recapitulate itself, but has this

Genesis / New Testament

Paul’s sense of Scripture and Adam’s fall

This is going to be short, but one of the questions we should ask ourselves as interpreters of Paul is how did he read Scripture? I believe Paul looked past Scripture and attempted to decipher it through the lens of Christ. Meaning, he wasn’t always the “historicist” (or literalist) we want to make him out to be. Let me give you two examples. The first is rather small: Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same?  For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it


CTP Class – Genesis 2-3: Generations

There are a few things to note as we begin to read Genesis 2–3.  First, let us note the first creation account ends where the second one begins… in Genesis 2.4, “These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.” This phrase, “these are the generations” is significant, not only in giving the book its title, but so too in breaking Genesis into sections.  There are 10 such colophons: “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created.” (Genesis 2:4a) “This is the book of the generations of Adam.”


The Creation of Human-ity? (CTP Class)

This is a CTP post, explained here. This week, we are looking at the 6th day of Creation (beginning at Genesis 1.24). The Ancient Near East (ANE) had several types of stories related to the creation of humankind. For instance, Marduk, the Babylonian god created humans to serve the gods. This idea, that humans were created to serve the gods, is rather ancient, pre-existing Babylon. The origins of humans are described in another early second-millennium Sumerian poem, “The Song of the Hoe.” In this myth, as in many other Sumerian stories, the god Enlil is described as the deity


Ways of Reading Genesis 1 (CTP class)

The inspired penman in this history [Genesis] … [wrote] for the Jews first and, calculating his narratives for the infant state of the church, describes things by their outward sensible appearances, and leaves us, by further discoveries of the divine light, to be led into the understanding of the mysteries couched under them. – John Wesley, Notes on the Bible, Genesis 2.8 To my regular throng of readers, this post may not be for you so much as it is for the class I am leading. This CTP class (critical-theological-practical) focuses on Scripture and how to read it on