Genesis is the chronological and theological gateway to the Bible, laying the foundations for understanding God, humanity, and God's dealings with us. It introduces his promise, the seed of the Gospel. Its stories still resonate with our own experience and pilgrimage with God. The skillfully written commentary guides the reader through the fascinating narrative of the world's early generations and the beginning of God's people.
The Understanding the Bible Commentary Series helps any reader navigate the strange and sometimes intimidating literary terrain of the Bible. These accessible volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. Pastors, teachers, and lay people alike will cherish the easily understandable truth found in this commentary series.
John E. Hartley is professor of Old Testament and chairperson of biblical studies at the C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University. He is ordained in the Free Methodist Church and has authored commentaries on Job and Leviticus.