Genesis 12–Exodus 40: The Story of the Covenant from the Patriarchs to the Precepts of God’s Law

Dr. Vern Steiner
Instructor
Dr. Vern Steiner
Genesis 12–Exodus 40: The Story of the Covenant from the Patriarchs to the Precepts of God’s Law
Jacob Refusing to Let Benjamin Leave (Genesis 42) by Eugene Roger

This is the second of nine, ten-week courses on the theme Creation to New Creation, in which we continue our Journey through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. (Students who missed the first leg of the journey are welcome to join and will not be left behind.)

This course will focus on the great patriarchal stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph (Gen 12-50), and on the three large themes in Exodus: God’s redemption of his people in the exodus from Egypt, God’s revelation to his people in the Law at Sinai, and God’s residence with his people in the holy Tabernacle. In addition to offering a summary-exposition of Genesis 12 through Exodus 40 and its role in the grand theo-drama of Scripture, we will explore in detail a selection of the most informing and determinative passages, including God’s Covenant with Abraham, the offering up of Isaac, the revelation of God’s name at the burning bush, the divine hardening of pharaoh’s heart in the plagues against Egypt, the Passover and its fulfillment in the Eucharist, the Ten Commandments, and the story of the golden calf. We will also tackle the important question of how the Old Testament Law relates to Christians today.

Whether for personal enrichment or formal teaching or greater liturgical appreciation, this course is designed to deepen our knowledge of God and to move our hearts toward greater faith and devotion as we meet our Lord in the life-transforming message of Sacred Scripture.

Required Texts:

  • Sacred Scripture, the Bible (preferably RSVCE 2nd ed.)
  • Instructor’s notes (provided and included in the registration cost)
  • Hahn, Scott and Curtis Mitch. The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: Genesis. San Francisco: Ignatius, 2010.
  • Hahn, Scott and Curtis Mitch. The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: Exodus. San Francisco: Ignatius, 2012.

Recommended Texts:

  • Bergsma, John and Brant Pitre. A Catholic Introduction to the Bible. Vol 1: The Old Testament. San Francisco: Ignatius, 2018.

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