Sunday, January 3, 2010

Genesis in the New Year

Readers are invited to recommend topics for discussion at Just Genesis. What would you like to explore in 2010?

Here are some suggestions that I've received:
  • Genesis and the Documentary Hypothesis
  • Rebekah's Mysterious Father
  • The Significance of Twins
  • Dreams and the Two Josephs
  • Review of E.A. Speiser's Commentary on Genesis
Let me know what interests you.  Many topics have been discussed already and are listed in the INDEX.

I wish you all a blessed New Year!


Anonymous said...

Genesis and Documentary Hypothesis sounds great. Thanks for all your interesting posts and keen sleuthing. Best and blessings. Brent

Jonathan said...

Gen. 41: Pharoah's dream. What was growing in Egypt -- "corn"? I thought corn was indigenous to the Americas, was not introduced to North Africa until the 16 C., at the earliest.

Georgia said...

Would a study of names and their meanings be of any value? Do names predict the person's actions, character, role/part in God's plans and purposes? Is there a similarity or contrast, a connection or pattern between persons with the same name?

Alice C. Linsley said...

Thanks, Brent. I'll definitely write something on the Documentary Hypothesis.

Jonathan, you are correct about corn. The Hebrew here simply indicates grain.

Georgia, That's a great suggestion! So much could be written about the meaning of names in Genesis and the differences between etymological names, titles, and historical names. This touches on the nature of prophetic narrative also, which leads me to think of another good topic: Prophetic Narrative in Genesis.

Now, if only I can find the time to research and write! :)

Anonymous said...

Since it's "Beyond Genesis", may not be applicable. But I'd be interested in your thoughts: The Ark of the Covenant was everything to the Hebrew people. If so important, why didn't the sovereign G-d see fit to preserve it to this day.
Best, Brent

Alice C. Linsley said...

That is not something I can answer. Also, I doubt that the Ark still exists. It was probably melted down by the Babylonians who had little respect for the religious practices and artifacts of the Canaanites and the Egyptians.

It would help were we to "demystify" the Ark of the Covenant. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

The Ark of the Covenant is associated with Moses.

Moses was born in Egypt and raised as an Egyptian prince.

Egyptian shrines commonly housed arks very like the one described in the Bible.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Linsley, thanks for your thoughts. Best and blessing