Monday, September 8, 2014

Genesis, Day 1 Readings

Creation and the First Sin

Today's readings begin with the first book of the Bible, Genesis.  The first item in the Bible is a cosmology -- a poetic telling of the creation of the universe.  There are many important elements to this presentation, but these two seem the most essential: God created everything and God declared that all of creation was good.

Read Genesis 1:1-2:3  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second selection considers the influential account of the first human sin, what is often called The Fall.  Taking place in the Garden of Eden, it involves Adam and Eve explicitly disobeying a direct instruction from God, when they eat fruit from a tree of which God has forbidden them to eat.

Read Genesis 3:1-24   (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Genesis 1-11 today.