BIB 217 Genesis (3 credits)

Course Description

A detailed study of the book of "beginnings," giving attention to its authorship, authenticity, chronology, and spiritual implication.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Understand the major theological concepts in biblical cosmology
• Explicate key issues involved in the fall of man and the subsequent consequences
• Distinguish between various theories regarding the flood and the consequences of it, noting especially the water vapor canopy hypothesis
• Trace the various failures of mankind leading to the call of Abraham and the Abrahamic covenant
• Trace the life of Abraham as a flawed recipient of God's grace
• Develop the significance of the Abrahamic covenant
• Follow Isaac as an intermediary figure between Abraham and Jacob
• Follow the life of Jacob in his transition from a young man known as "the supplanter" to the head of a clan
• Evaluate the role of Joseph in extricating the young nation from Canaan to allow it to mature in Egypt


A good study Bible is mandatory, preferably in a modern translation. The New American Standard Version (NASV) or the New International Version (NIV) are particularly recommended.

Learning Documentation

This course consists of 15 assignments based on corresponding chapter reading, and one exam.

Learning Evaluation

Each assignment is worth 100 points as is the exam for a total of 1,600 points possible.

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