Preaching from the Book of Genesis

Mark A. Throntveit

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 4/1/1994

Issue: Genesis (Vol. 14, No 2, Spring, 1994)

The book of Genesis exerts a strange pull on preachers. Of all the stories in the Old Testament, the narratives in Genesis are the most familiar. The stories of creation, Adam and Eve, Noah’s ark, Abraham and Sarah, and Jacob’s ladder. Unfortunately, the very familiarity of these stories, coupled with the somewhat simplistic practice of most lectionaries to employ them as illustrative of the gospel lesson for the day, frequently results in their receiving less attention in our pulpits than they deserve. This essay will suggest three ways, drawn from a variety of insights and approaches, into the text of Genesis.

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