Trekking through the Bible: Isaac, Jacob, & Esau

We keep moving through Genesis, this time taking up two sets of stories about our spiritual patriarchs. One, Isaac, only exists as a prop for other characters' storylines. But the story of Jacob and Esau and Leah and Rachel and Zilpah and Bilhah—that gives us enough intrigue to really sink our teeth into. But just like last week, we have to make sure we're paying attention, so that we don't silence those voices that have traditionally been overlooked.

Trekking through the Bible: Tower of Babel

This week, we turn to the story of the Tower of Babel. It's a myth about the origins of language, but what does meaning can modern readers get out of it? Surprisingly, in order to make sense of it now, we have to go way back to ancient cosmology. And then we need to examine how empires function. All to help us to realize that as finite beings, we must come to terms with the fact that world is fundamentally not under our control.

Trekking through the Bible: The Great Flood

For our second week of our trek through the whole Bible, we look at Noah and The Great Flood. Many of us have this Sunday School version of the story in our minds. But the real story is completely different from that—violent and weird and profound. However, the real version in the Bible is not a story that we can affirm. So we examine what it means to hold these in tension.

Next week's reading is the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11). As you read, consider these questions: 

  1. How does this story relate to the previous two weeks?
  2. What reasoning did God give for confusing the languages? Do you agree with that reason?
  3. What is the purpose of this story?