This morning I started a project I’ve been meaning to start for quite a while. One of my bucket list items was to read the entire Bible (I did it chronologically), but THEN I got to wondering about all the historical background and stuff… and I just happened to purchase a TNIV Study Bible a year or two ago… so I decided that I want to read the whole Bible chronologically, but this time to do it in my Study Bible so that I can read all the notes. I also resolved to write down in my journal at least one insight or comment from each day’s reading (some of which I will probably post here on the blog).
Today is day one. It took a long time; the assigned reading for today was Genesis 1-3, but before I could get to that I (of course) had to read all the introductory notes about the translation, about the Bible as a whole, and about the structure of the study notes, not to mention the introduction to Genesis itself. I’m just a nerd like that. =)
But eventually, I did in fact read Genesis 1-3 (and all the notes…). Here are a few of my thoughts for today:
- There are a crapton of really long notes on Genesis 1-3, especially Genesis 1. This made me realize (even more so than before) the significance of this part of the Bible. These three chapters — creation and the Fall — comprise probably the most important part of the Old Testament, if not the whole Bible (literarily speaking, anyway). This is the “point of conflict” without which we would have no story. So it’s kind of a big deal, hence the extensive research and background info.
- In the introduction to Genesis, the author mentioned the fact that a list of the themes in Genesis is actually a pretty good reflection of the themes in the whole Bible. For example, Genesis is where the key relationships between God and creation, God and humans, and humans and other humans are established. I love those sorts of parallels, so I’m looking forward to watching for that as I continue reading.
- I really like interesting background info! For example, there was a note (purely speculative) that wondered if the reason Genesis 1 avoids using the words “sun” and “moon” is because those would have referred at the time to the proper titles for the deities of the Sun and Moon. So fascinating!!
- To continue in my literary vein, I’m really enjoying (and looking forward to continuing) reading the Bible as a single work of literature, authored by God. It really helps me to think about the arc of the story and overarching themes throughout the entire Bible, rather than just within books. I mean, can anyone come up with a more compelling storyline than the fall and redemption of the entire human race and all of creation with them? Answer — NO, you can’t, because that is the most epic storyline EVER.
In conclusion, loving my Bible plan so far. This is gonna be great. =)
What are your thoughts on Genesis 1-3? How about the Bible as a work of literature? Let me know what you think!