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)

* 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)  

 

 

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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