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Characters and Themes in Genesis: God’s Actions, Man’s Choices

  • Jan 2013 Issue
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One of the most intriguing—and the most human—questions in all the Bible is in the Book of Job: “Where is God my Maker?” (Job 35:10). Many of us have asked this question in the moments of hardship, uncertainty, and fear. The answer is found, as it should be, “in the beginning,” the Hebrew name for the book of Genesis. In Greek, Genesis means “origin.” This book of the Bible reveals the origin of all human history, as well as the beginning of communion between God and man.

Genesis also tells us real life stories of real people. This month, as we study what happened “in the beginning,” we’ll see how God first made Himself known to the characters of human drama, how He talked and walked with them, and how He took them into His covenant. Abraham and Lot, Isaac and Rebekah, Sarah and Hagar—these and many other participants of “the beginning” story will speak to us from the dawn of history, and we’ll learn more about the God who worked through their trials, triumphs, and tragedies.

The same God makes Himself known to us. He gives us a glimpse of Him by faith, and He talks to us today by His Spirit and by His Word. It’s a privilege for all of us at Today in the Word to study God’s Word with our readers in a community of faith. Thank you to all our faithful supporters for making it possible!


Executive Editor: Paul Currie; Managing Editor: Heather Moffitt; Associate Editor: Elena Mafter; Contributing Editors: John Koessler, Kim Pickett; Writer: David Mathwin

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