Genesis: The Story We Haven't Heard

Overview

Time after time choosing selfishness over selflessness, human beings invariably destroy themselves and wreck their societies. Only God can help, says Genesis. Yet God refuses to coerce. Instead he works with individual men and women who turn around--who stop trying to make a name for themselves and start trying to be a blessing to others. The transformation is slow and arduous. God waits. Captured in one of the world's best and best-known stories, this dynamic between God and recreated individuals leads from the ...
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Overview

Time after time choosing selfishness over selflessness, human beings invariably destroy themselves and wreck their societies. Only God can help, says Genesis. Yet God refuses to coerce. Instead he works with individual men and women who turn around--who stop trying to make a name for themselves and start trying to be a blessing to others. The transformation is slow and arduous. God waits. Captured in one of the world's best and best-known stories, this dynamic between God and recreated individuals leads from the universal chaos of Babel to blessing for all our world's peoples.

Unfortunately, most of us overlook the dramatic story of God's work in early time because we read Scripture in disjointed pieces--and we think we've heard it all before! We miss the suspenseful, sweeping narrative of interconnected events. We miss the nuances of emotion and relationship between the characters. Now in Genesis: The Story We Haven't Heard Paul Borgman fits the pieces back together--revealing God's story as if it had never been read before.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830826551
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2001
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 971,872
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Borgman (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of English at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Why Haven't We Heard?I. The Prologue
1. I Want a Name for Myself: Genesis 1--11II. Abraham & Sarah
2. Ordinary Choices of the Worst Sort
3. Let Go, Don't Be Afraid: Visits 1-4
4. Walk with Me--and Speak Up! Visits 5 & 6
5. Coming to Trust in Each Other: Visit 7
6. What's Love--and Fear--Got to Do with It?
7. The Point: Abraham Brings Triple BlessingIII. Jacob & Esau; Rachel & Leah
8. Jacob Wrestles for His Blessings with Esau, with God
9. Three Mirrors for Jacob
10. Three Breakthroughs--and DisasterIV. Joseph & Family; Judah & Tamar
11. Three Descents for Joseph, One for Judah
12. Older Brothers Bow: Does Joseph Tease or Test?
13. All Peoples, Including the Little Ones of Egypt
Conclusion
Selected Bibliography
Subject Index
Author Index
Scripture Index
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