The Message of Genesis 1–11, By David J. Atkinson alt

The Message of Genesis 1-11

The Bible Speaks Today Series

Revised Edition

by David J. Atkinson

The Message of Genesis 1-11
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Published: January 04, 2022
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0452
  • ISBN: 9781514004524

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Where do we come from? What is our purpose? The key to how and why we are is found in the early chapters of Genesis.

In The Message of Genesis 1–11, David Atkinson explores how the first eleven chapters serve as an overture to the rest of the Bible. They evoke wonder as God is portrayed in his creative power and beauty. They reveal God's loving mercy and salvation, even in his terrible judgment of those who turn from him and despoil the harmony of creation.

With vivid insight, this Bible Speaks Today commentary illuminates how the meaning of Genesis is still resonant today—helping us understand both the greatness and the tragic flaw inherent in human beings. Although it was written thousands of years ago, the message of Genesis is one of timely urgency for the modern world: we are responsible participants in God's creation who must, like Noah, confront the possibility of global catastrophe.

Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Genesis 1–11 offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text.

This beautifully redesigned edition has also been sensitively updated with more current references and the NRSV Bible text.


General preface
Author’s preface
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1. Majesty and mystery (1:1–2:3)
2. Expelled from Eden (2:4–3:24)
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 (10:1–11:32)


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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 Genesis 1-11, Ruth, Job, and Proverbs in The Bible Speaks Today series of commentaries.