The Message of Genesis 1--11
The Message of Genesis 1--11
  • Length: 190 pages
  • Published: July 25, 1990
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1229-5
  • Item Code: 1229
  • Case Quantity: 56

Genesis shows us how and why we are. It uncovers the origins of evil. It illuminates the meaning of freedom. It expresses the harmony of creation. And it offers hope for the renewal of our natural world and for the healing of our broken relationships.

"Genesis 1–11 is really an overture to the rest of the Bible." So writes David Atkinson in his introduction to this thoughtful and spiritual guide to the opening chapters of Genesis. Writing as a scientist and as a pastor, Atkinson avoides technicalities and speculation and provides a skillful guide to the text's theological significance.

While many commentaries on these chapters become tangled in problems of dating, authorship and historicity, this Bible Speaks Today volume on the opening chapters of Genesis focuses on the issues that really matter. Atkinson's work will be a delight to all—seasoned expositors and novice readers alike.


General Preface
Author's Preface
1. Majesty and mystery - 1:1-2:3
2. Expelled from Eden - 2:-3:24
A. Life in the Garden - 2:4-25
B. 'Adam, where are you?' - 3:1-24
3. Envy and gratitude - 4:1-26
4. The eye of the storm - 5:1-8:22
5. Rainbows in a fallen world - 9:1-29
6. God is our hope and strength - 10:1-11:31


David J. Atkinson is honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Southwark, and formerly Suffragan Bishop of Thetford in the Diocese of Norwich. He is also the author of the volumes on Ruth, Job, and Proverbs in The Bible Speaks Today series of commentaries.