Stephen M. Vantassel
Genesis from Scratch: The Old Testament for Beginners
Westminster John Knox, 2010
Donald L. Griggs continues his successful Bible from Scratch study series that seeks to make the Bible more accessible to contemporary readers. The book is divided into two sections, with W. Eugene March writing the portion for the study participants and Griggs writing for the study leaders.
The guide is brief, consisting of only seven, one-hour lessons. The authors avoid overwhelming readers with extensive details. Each lesson reviews the passage’s material with special attention to literary and historical issues. Most of the opening prayers consist of readings from Psalms that correspond with the lesson.
The strength of the study guide lies in the thoughtprovoking questions that move beyond Bible trivia and into more reflective learning. Leaders looking for creative ideas to encourage thoughtful discussion on Genesis should consider this book.