The Torah of Moses - The Teaching

Notes on the Torah

From Garden to Exile:  A Thematic and Canonical Analysis of the Old Testament

Torah:  Chiastic Structure of the Torah

Torah:  Does the Bible Have Evidence of God's Design?  A Sociological Glance

Torah:  Slavery in the Bible, Slavery Today (and ppt)

Torah:  Is God a Misogynist?  Women in the Pentateuch (ppt part 1 and part 2)

Torah:  The Rights of Women in the Bible part 1 and part 2

Torah:  The Theme of Fire in the Pentateuch

Genesis:  The Creation Account in Genesis and Tolkien's Silmarillion

Genesis:  Literary Structures in Genesis

Genesis:  The Genesis Account and the Documentary Hypothesis

Genesis:  The Creation Account and the Narrative of Science

Genesis:  God, Omnipotence, and Evil: God in Genesis

Genesis:  Jesus in Genesis?

Genesis:  Whose Family? Which Union?  Reflections on Scripture, Human Sexuality and God's Purposes

Exodus: Who Hardened Pharaoh's Heart?

(Exodus) Hell as Fire and Darkness: Remembrance of Sinai as Covenant Rejection in Matthew's Gospel

Numbers:  Chiastic Structure of Numbers, Comparison with Exodus 1 - 18

Why Did God Choose a "Chosen People"?  Why Not Just Skip Right to Jesus? (one document)

* Reason #1: To Be a Microcosm of All Humanity, Not a Race or Ethnicity

* Reason #2: To Live by God's Word and Hope for a Happy Ending

* Reason #3: To Diagnose the Evil Internal to Human Nature

* Reason #4: To Suffer on Behalf of the World

* Reason #5: To Document the Diagnosis

* Reason #6: To Anticipate God's Dwelling Within People

* Reason #7: To Oppose Pagan Temple Systems and Glimpse the Trinity

* Reason #8: To Anticipate the Messiah and His Mission

The Troubling Acts of God:  Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptian Firstborn, and the Canaanites

The Troubling Acts of God:  The Destruction of the Canaanites (ppt part 1 and part 2)

Hope Filled Full, Part One:  The New Testament and the Hopes of the Pentateuch

 

Helpful books and articles

* Leo Strauss, Jerusalem and Athens: Some Introductory Reflections (Commentary, Jun 1, 1967)

* John W. Welch, Chiasmus in Ancient Greek and Latin Literatures

* Alastair Roberts, 40 Days of Exoduses (blog)

* Gordon Hugenberger, The Historicity of the Bible (ppts)

* James Barr, The Concept of Biblical Theology (Google book, 1999)

* Damon Young, The Wisdom of Gardens (Aeon, Jun 14, 2013) gardens expand our thinking, console us in times of crisis, school us in emotional generosity, and show us that life goes on

* Rikk Watts, Making Sense of Genesis 1 (pdf file, Stimulus journal, Nov 2014)

* The Crooked Mouth, Choosing Sides in the Exodus (blog, Nov 29, 2014)

* Greg Boyd, Must We Deny Biblical Infallibility to “Disarm” Scripture? A Review of Derek Flood’s Disarming Scripture: Part 1 (ReKnew blog, Apr 13, 2015)

* Theology of Work Project, What the Bible Says About Sustainability (Theology of Work Project, Apr 6, 2015) a reflection on Numbers 35

* The Structure of Deuteronomy (paper)

* Robert I. Bradshaw, The Book of Deuteronomy (Biblical Studies UK website)

* The Bible Project, The Book of Leviticus Overview (The Bible Project video, May 6, 2015)

* Peter Leithart, The Death Penalty in the Mosaic Law (Theopolis Institute, Jul 3, 2015) makes some good points but errs on the retributive principle

* Benjamin Corey, Why Exodus 22:2 Doesn’t Work To Justify Armed Self-Defense (Patheos, Jan 15, 2016)  

* Tom Belt, Toward a Theology of Violence (An Open Orthodoxy, Apr 18, 2017)

* N.T. Wright, If Creation is Through Christ, Evolution is What You'd Expect (BioLogos, Apr 24, 2017) short, excellent 4 minute reflection on Colossians 1 and Genesis 1

 

 

Messages on the Torah:  Foundations

Genesis 1:1 - 11:26 What's More Important to God?  The Individual or the Social Order? (and ppt)
Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 The Original Great Commission
Genesis 2:1 - 4:26 The Source of Humanity's Problems
Genesis 3:1 - 7 The Corruption of Human Nature
Genesis 4:16 - 24 The Society Built on Corrupted Human Nature
Genesis 5:1 - 9:29 God the Author, Judge, and Renewer of His Creation
Genesis 10:1 - 11:26 Humanity's Second Great Rebellion
Genesis 1 - 22 The Characterization of God in Genesis: How Can We Trust This God? (and ppt)
Genesis 12 - 22 The Lesson Abraham and Sarah Learned
Genesis 22:1 - 18  Can We Trust This God? 
Genesis 25 - 35 The Lesson Isaac and Rebekah Learned
Genesis 25 - 35 Jacob's Lessons:  Three Types of Pain

 

Small Group Leader Notes on the Torah

Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 God, Humanity, and the Original Creation
Genesis 2:4 - 25 Human Beings Bearing the Image of God
Genesis 2:8 - 17 The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil - What Was It Really?
Genesis 3:1 - 7 The Temptation and Fall of Humanity into Corruption
Genesis 3:8 - 19 The Consequences of the Fall and the Start of God's Redemption
Genesis 3:20 - 24 God Covers Adam and Eve's Shame
Genesis 4:1 - 15 Jealousy Now Comes from an Internal Source
Genesis 4:16 - 25 Fallen Humanity and the First City
Genesis 2:4 - 4:25 From Garden to City: Relationships Before and After the Fall
Genesis 5:1 - 6:8 Human Beings Bearing the Tarnished Image
Genesis 6:9 - 9:29 God is the Author, Judge, and Renewer of His Creation
Genesis 10:1 - 11:26 Humanity's Second Great Fall and the Second City
Genesis 1:1 - 11:26 Genesis in the Midst of Other Stories: The Character of God and the Value of Human Life
Genesis 11:27 - 13:4 God's Invites an Old Humanity to a New Eden
Genesis 13:5 - 18 God's Promise Helps Undo Our Jealousy
Genesis 14:1 - 24 God Helps Me Be My Brother's Keeper
Genesis 15:1 - 21 God Promises Life Out of Death in Abram's Body
Genesis 16:1 - 16 The Chosen Family's Next Fall into Sin, and God's Redemption
Genesis 17:1 - 27 The Signs of God's Cleansing and Transforming Work
Genesis 18:1 - 15 God Brings Life Out of Death in Sarah's Body
Genesis 18:16 - 33 God Teaches His People to Pray
Genesis 19:1 - 38 The Result of Abraham's Prayer:  God Rescues Lot
Genesis 20:1 - 18 God Redeems Abraham's Sin Again
Genesis 21:1 - 34 Is God Really the God of Life?
Genesis 22:1 - 24 The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son
Genesis 23:1 - 20  Sarah's Death and Abraham's Witness to Hope
Genesis 24:1 - 67  Rebekah, the Bride to Match Isaac
Genesis 25:1 - 26:35 God Extends His Blessing to the New Couple
Genesis 27:1 - 28:9 When We Prioritize Our Appetites Over God's Word
Genesis 28:10 - 22 God Turns Jacob's Flight into Holy Adventure
Genesis 29:1 - 30 The Holy Familiar and the Painful Reversal
Genesis 29:31 - 30:24 God Heals the Jealousy Between Two Sisters
Genesis 30:25 - 31:16 Jacob Learns to Let God Defend Him
Genesis 31:17 - 55 God Calls His People Back to the Garden Land and Back to Proper Boundaries
Genesis 32:1 - 32 God Wrestles With Jacob and Wounds His Sin to Heal Him
Genesis 33:1 - 17 God Reconciles the Two Brothers, Averts the Replay of Cain and Abel
Genesis 33:18 - 34:31 Not a Happy Ending Yet: Jacob's Sin Endangers His Daughter
Genesis 35:1 - 20 Not a Happy Ending Yet: Jacob's Homecoming, in Part
Genesis 37:1 - 36 God Begins to Undo the Favoritism in Jacob's Family - By Favoring the Favored
Genesis 38:1 - 30 Judah Tries to Exclude Tamar from God's Blessing
Genesis 39:1 - 23 God Develops a Partner for Blessing in Exile
Genesis 40:1 - 23 God Develops a Partner for Blessing in Prison
Genesis 41:1 - 57 God Develops a Partner for Blessing the World
Genesis 42:1 - 38 Joseph Incognito Provides for His Brothers
Genesis 43:1 - 34 A Brother's Keeper Sees the Face of God
Genesis 44:1 - 45:15 Joseph Discloses Himself to His Family
Genesis 45:16 - 27:26 Joseph Provides for the Whole World
Genesis 47:27 - 49:33 Jacob Prophecies Over His Children
Genesis 50:1 - 26 Joseph's Theology: God Redeems Evil and Brings Good Out of It
Exodus 1:1 - 2:25 God, Israel's True Champion
Exodus 3:1 - 4:31 God Calls Moses to Be a Prophet
Exodus 5:1 - 6:30 Moses Confronts Pharaoh
Exodus 7:1 - 11:10 God Speaks the Ten Plagues
Exodus 7:1 - 11:10 The Hardening of Pharaoh's Heart
Exodus 12:1 - 14:31 Another Doorway Through Blood into Freedom
Exodus 15:1 - 27 The Victory Song by the Sea
Exodus 16:1 - 17:7 God's Spiritual Bootcamp:  Lessons on the Appetite
Exodus 17:8 - 18:27 God Restores Wisdom and Justice
Exodus 19:1 - 24:18 (selections) God Beckons from the Mountain
Exodus 20:1 - 28 God's Ten Words
Exodus 21:1 - 36

God the Restorer and the Laws of Restoration

Exodus 21:28 - 22:17

God the Defender and the Laws of Theft

Exodus 22:18 - 23:33 God the Truth and the Laws of Falsehood
Exodus 25:1 - 31:11 God Prepares His Wardrobe
Exodus 31:12 - 34:35 God's Covenant and Moses the Mediator
Exodus 35:1 - 40:38 God Tabernacled Among Us

 

Summit Leader Notes and Slides on the Torah

Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 God's Original Good Plan (and ppt)
Genesis 2:1 - 4:26  How Things Got So Messed Up (and ppt)
Genesis 5 - 9 God is the Author, Judge, and Renewer of His Creation (and ppt)
Genesis 10 - 11 Whose Name Do You Care About Most? (and ppt)

 

  

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