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Genesis is a book of beginnings -- the beginning of human beings, the sun, moon and stars, the beginning of sin. It is also a beginning for God, a new story in the life of God. 


We studied Genesis from Dec. 16, 2001 through Mar. 3, 2002 using the new video series by Dr. Terence Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary: Fretheim Explores Genesis, Luther Productions, St. Paul. 2000.



Sessions Downloads*


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1. The Morning of the World (Genesis 1-2)

Handout (19KB)

Handout (51KB)

2. Fall Up, Fall Down, or Fall Apart? (Genesis 3:1-6.5)

Handout (20KB)

Handout (107KB)

3. God Will Never Do That Again! (Genesis 6:5-11:26)

Handout (21KB)

Handout (64KB)

4. God's Unconditional Promises (Genesis 12-15)

Handout (28KB)

Handout (42KB)

5. Sodom and Gomorrah: Intercession and Judgment (Genesis 18:16-19:38)

Handout (30KB)

Handout (54KB)

6. Children of Abraham: Christians, Jews, Muslims (Genesis 16-17, 21)

Handout (30KB)

Handout (69KB)

7. Wrestling in Faith (Genesis 25-36)

Handout (28KB)

Handout (71KB)

8. Women with Stories (Genesis 34, 38)

Handout (29KB)

Handout (85KB)

9. A Family Reconciled (Genesis 37-50)

Handout (28KB)

Handout (80KB)

All handouts in a single .pdf file

Handout (195KB)


The study guide that accompanies the Genesis video series can be downloaded from the Luther Productions Web Site

Outside link for Study Guide



*To download an overhead set or handout, click and hold (Macintosh) on the link in the bright blue box under the desired format,  or right-click (Windows) the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link as." Information on the format of the downloadable files can be found here.


Presentations were led by David Monyak.







Video series: Fretheim Explores Genesis. Luther Productions 2481 Como Ave St. Paul, MN 55108, 2000

"The Book of Genesis. Introduction, Commentary, and Reflections." Terence E. Fretheim. In: The New Interpreter's Bible, A Commentary in Twelve Volumes,  Volume I. Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1994.

Genesis. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Walter Brueggemann, John Knox Press, Atlanta, 1982.