Genesis: The Story We Haven't Heard
Unfortunately, most of us read Scripture in disjointed pieces. Thinking we've heard it all before, we miss the suspenseful, sweeping narrative of interconnected events. In this unique and beautifully written book, Paul Borgman fits the pieces back together. 252 pages,...
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Unfortunately, most of us read Scripture in disjointed pieces. Thinking we've heard it all before, we miss the suspenseful, sweeping narrative of interconnected events. In this unique and beautifully written book, Paul Borgman fits the pieces back together. 252 pages, from IVP.
In this book, Borgman reminds us that God seeks real relationship and friendship with self-interested humanity. Such a relationship often involves change for both parties-indeed, this is one of the key points of this book.
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 inGenesis: The Story We Haven't HeardPaul Borgman fits the pieces back together--revealing God's story as if it had never been read before.
Paul Borgman (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is professor of English at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. A specialist in biblical narrative, he teaches annually in 'the Bible as literature.' Each course approaches books of the Bible on their own terms (as the great literature they are), with literary tools appropriate to the text itself. This same approach is reflected in Paul's three books: Genesis, The Story We Haven't Heard(2001); The Way According to Luke: Hearing the Whole Story (2006), and David, Saul, and God: Rediscovering An Ancient Story forthcoming (2008, Oxford).
- Introduction: Why Haven't We Heard?
- <strong>i. The Prologue</strong>
- 1. I Want A Name For Myself: Genesis 1--11
- <strong>ii. Abraham & Sarah</strong>
- 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 Blessing
- <strong>iii. Jacob & Esau; Rachel & Leah</strong>
- 8. Jacob Wrestles For His Blessings With Esau, With God
- 9. Three Mirrors For Jacob
- 10. Three Breakthroughs--and Disaster
- <strong>iv. Joseph & Family; Judah & Tamar</strong>
- 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
- Selected Bibliography
- Subject Index
- Author Index
- Scripture Index