Details for Genesis

At the beginning of the bible, we find the Genesis (the first of the Pentateuch). This book is essential for understanding our faith today. For ancient Israel it described their origins, creation stories, and ancestors. Similarly for us as Christians, our salvation-story is framed by the people, images and stories found in the Genesis. In this subject we will explore these foundational themes of creation, faith, salvation, covenant, and patriarchs such as Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. It will also survey how the Genesis sets the stage for what follows in the rest of the biblical canon.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB002
  • Credit points: 10


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Genesis

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Develop tools for interpreting an Old Testament book
  2. Communicate the message of Genesis in a contemporary context
  3. Describe the message and meaning of Genesis for Christian readers
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the context in which Genesis was written 

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to Genesis
  2. Creation and trust forfeited
  3. The primeval prologue
  4. Biblical criticism
  5. Abraham
  6. Jacob narratives
  7. Joseph narratives
  8. Authorship of Genesis
  9. Genesis and the Pentateuch

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (on site)
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Weekly Tests (30%)
  • Exegetical Sermon (30%)
  • Essay (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Arnold, Bill T. Encountering the Book of Genesis. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

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