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Chart from recommended resource Jensen's Survey of the OT - used by permission
|Summary Chart of
The Book of Genesis
|Topics||Beginning of the Human Race
(Race As A Whole)
|Beginning of the Hebrew Race
(Family of Abraham)
|Faithfulness of Mankind
|Faithfulness of One Man's Family
From Eden to Ur
From Canaan to Egypt
(20% of Genesis)
|About 300 Years
193 Yr in Canaan, 93 Yr in Egypt
(80% of Genesis)
Explanation - Most of the resources below are newer commentaries (written after 1970) and other Bible resources which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/
"R. Kent Hughes, respected pastor and author of many other commentaries in this series, takes readers back to the beginning of the Bible and moves through Genesis with careful exegesis. He explores the superbly crafted structure of the book as well as the weighty themes it contains. For those who preach, teach, and study God’s Word, this exceptionally detailed work will reveal much about the beginnings of God’s great story."
Cyril Barber - This well-outlined exposition of 702 pp. (replete with an index of Hughes’ sermon illustrations) gives evidence of careful preparation. The stories in the book of Genesis are well-known to us, and here they receive fresh analysis and application. Hughes’ critique of human nature is prominent throughout, and he boldly points out the origin of our rebellion against God and continued sinfulness. Also prominent is God’s grace freely bestowed upon His undeserving creatures. Preachers will find that this work contains an abundance
The Genesis Record : a Scientific and Devotional Commentary - by Dr Henry Morris
Cyril Barber on Morris' The Genesis Record : a Scientific and Devotional Commentary (It can be borrowed) - Valuable as corollary reading. Of great importance for the scientific data that has been included in the author's exposition. Should be consulted by all who wish to be well-informed on the issues alluded to by Moses.
The Henry Morris KJV Study Bible is an invaluable apologetic Bible study tool for the defense of the Christian faith, including biblical creationism, that highlights the foundational truths of Genesis found in all the other 65 books of the KJV Bible. The comprehensive apologetic study bible notes provide answers to questions related to doctrinal issues, as well as scientific matters, such as geology, earth history, astronomy, biology, and other sciences.
The Genesis Flood : the Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications - John Whitcomb and Henry Morris 469 ratings
Over 250,000 copies sold. This anniversary edition celebrates 50 years of Whitcomb and Morris's biblically-based system of creationism and catastrophism that unifies and correlates scientific data from early earth history a modern creationist classic.
Derek Kidner not only provides a verse-by-verse exegetical commentary but also lucidly handles the tough issues that Genesis raises. Focusing on the study of Genesis on its own terms, as "a living whole," he highlights the theological themes of the nature of God, humankind, and salvation. In this volume, formerly part of the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries series, Kidner's clear prose and theological insight will expand readers' understanding of God's character and of humanity's nature and destiny.
James Rosscup - It is evident that much study lies behind this concisely stated commentary in the Tyndale series. Kidner has packed in a lot of understanding of word meanings, movements of thought in different parts of Genesis, customs, God’s purposes, and relationship to other parts of Scripture. It is a solid but brief work. Cf. his works also on Psalms and Proverbs.
Paradise to Prison : studies in Genesis by Davis, John J
Paradise to Prison is a commentary, textbook and complete study guide to the book of Genesis. In very readable fashion the author explores the lives of the patriarchs as well as important doctrinal themes. Each chapter is carefully documented and sources from archaeology and ancient Near Eastern history are freely used. The writer's premise is that no other ancient literature surviving the ravages of time can rightly be compared to Genesis with its unsurpassed theological perspectives and vivid profiles of early man.
Cyril Barber - An indispensable aid to the study of Genesis by one whose archaeological, historical, and philological expertise places him in the forefront of evangelical scholars today. Recommended.
James Rosscup - A simple, broad survey by a conservative who tends to give some good comments but at times not nail down his view to explain a matter (cf. his survey of four views on days in Genesis 1, then leaving the matter hanging, and not commenting on how long God rested in 2:1–3; or his not choosing a preference on “sons of God” on Genesis 6 after a shallow consideration of issues). However, in a concise treatment he does touch on many of the problems.
Rosscup - This is a republication of the 1975 study guide of 152 pp. A staunch conservative offers a quick survey in basic information, often resolving main problems briefly. He leaves open the length of the days in Genesis 1, employs a detailed outline, and primarily assists lay readers and students looking for a terse review. A fine, brief evangelical survey of the main flow of the book, with a number of quite helpful comments on problem areas most readers want to see discussed. Among the briefer works this is one of the best.
Genesis. 1-15 by Wenham, Gordon J
Cyril Barber - This is a work of remarkable erudition. While some will consult it solely to ascertain whether or not Wenham agrees with them on some disputed point, the value of this commentary extends to the writer's discussion of the theology of Genesis, as well as his citation of important contemporary literary sources. While thoroughly conversant with the Documentary Hypothesis, only rarely does Wenham include this information in his treatment of these chapters. This is an exemplary work, and we look forward with anticipation to the publication of vol. 2.)
Rosscup - Wenham gives much readable and good information on the Hebrew text, word study, exegesis and insightful exposition. He is somewhat freed from traditional critical views and holds to historicity of events and persons. He does not deny theories that different strands of literary composition have led to the Genesis we know, but is skeptical toward this. He places his stress on the canonical text as a unity. Despite this, many conservatives wonder what kind of evangelical he is when he uses J and P, not clearly explaining how his usage departs from the intent usually involved in these designations. His claims that certain P material, so-called, was earlier or later than J material will be regarded as arbitrary and speculative.
Genesis. 16-50 by Wenham, Gordon J
Cyril Barber - Aims at accuracy in interpreting the original text. Here is a work of exceptional merit. It abounds in preaching values, and is to be highly recommended.
Rosscup - In volume 2, beneficial introductory sections discuss the patriarchs’ historical setting, chronology and religion, and Egytian background for Joseph. Wenham handles well Abraham’s intercession for Sodom, and has a mixture of good and unnecessary reading into the offering of Isaac (cf. waffling on 22:5), as well as dubious suggestions (32:30; 37:4 among others). But usually remarks are very profitable. In 44:5 more data could help in regard to Joseph’s using of a divining cup (424). As is typical of the WBC, a reader finds a very fine listing of serious literature on each biblical section.
Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the Old Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W 113 ratings
"Even the most difficult Scriptures come alive as Warren Wiersbe leads you book-by-book through the Old Testament and helps you to see the "big picture" of God's revelation. In this unique volume, you will find: • Introductions and/or outlines for every Old Testament book • Practical expositions of strategic chapters • Special studies on key topics, relating the Old Testament to the New Testament • Easy-to-understand expositions that are practical, preachable, and teachable If you have used Dr. Wiersbe's popular BE series, you know how simple and practical his Bible studies are, with outlines that almost teach themselves. If not, you can now discover a wonderful new resource. This work is a unique commentary on every book of the Old Testament. It contains new material not to be found in the BE series.
"A fresh approach which not only offers trustworthy exposition, but also provides a book-by-book, chapter-by-chapter tour through the glory of the Bible. This highly readable personal "conversation" with Scripture guides you through each book, helping you reap the rich, life-changing applications on every page. You will be encouraged to develop your own personal Bible reading program and learn the power of meditation on its truth."
Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective (pre-millennial) user reviews
The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.
The King James Study Bible Second Edition (2013) (Thomas Nelson) contributing editors (only first is listed) include Wayne A. Brindle. There is no restriction on length of time one can use.
NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H. Wayne (1997, 2007); 917 ratings Very helpful notes. Conservative. There is no restriction on length of time one can use,
Bible Knowledge Commentary - Old Testament - 1608 pages. Dallas Theological Seminary Faculty. Conservative. Evangelical.
Wycliffe Bible Commentary - Charles Pfeiffer - 1560 pages (1962). Less detailed than the KJV Bible Commentary. Conservative.
"Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."
The NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. Note this is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020.
Zondervan NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. One hour limit
HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. One hour limit
Life Application Study Bible: Old Testament and New Testament: New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes especially with application of texts. 4,445 ratings One hour limit
The Apologetics Study Bible Understand Why You Believe by Norman Geisler
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical.
Multiple Resources by Renowned Creationist Henry Morris
- Some Call it Science: the Religion of Evolution by Morris, Henry M.
- A history of modern creationism by Morris, Henry
- Scientific creationism by Henry Morris
- 5 reasons to believe in recent creation by Morris, Henry M.
- The scientific case for creation by Morris, Henry M
- Creation and the modern Christian by Morris, Henry M
- The beginning of the world by Morris, Henry M
- The twilight of evolution by Morris, Henry M.
- The Bible and modern science by Morris, Henry M
- Creation: acts, facts, impacts by Morris, Henry M
- The big three : major events that changed history forever by Morris, Henry
- After Eden : understanding creation, the curse, and the cross by Morris, Henry M
- The long war against God : the history and impact of the creation/evolution conflict by Morris, Henry M
- The book of beginnings : a practical guide to understand and teach Genesis by Morris, Henry M
- Your origins matter by Morris, Henry M.
- The modern creation trilogy by Morris, Henry
- The troubled waters of evolution by Morris, Henry
- Science, scripture, and the young earth: an answer to current arguments against the Biblical doctrine of recent creation by Morris, Henry M.
- Men of science, men of God : great scientists who believed the Bible by Morris, Henry M
- The Bible has the answer : practical Biblical discussions of 100 frequent questions by Morris, Henry M.
In the beginning : Genesis Nelson Impact Bible Study Guide
The Nelson Impact Bible Study series will introduce in-depth Bible study to Christian laypeople. Each book will help readers experience the true meaning of the messages in the book of Genesis, and in turn, empower the reader to truly make a difference in the world for Christ. Designed for individual or group study, the study guide will provide a foundation for Bible study and encourage the reader to return to the Bible. All necessary background information will be given so that the reader needs only a Bible and the study guide. The messages will be thorough but easily understood and will be complimented by application questions to guide the readers into a deeper relationship with the Bible that will impact their lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Genesis and Archaeology by Vos, Howard Frederic
Howard F. Vos has had a distinguished career as an expert in historical, geographical, biblical, and archeological research. A prolific author and editor, he is responsible for twenty-five books that are standards in their field, including the Wycliffe Bible Dictionary. He has traveled extensively in the Bible lands and excavated many sites in Israel. Vos is currently Emeritus Professor of History and Archaeology at The King's College in New York.
"Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full of informative articles and full-color photographs of places and objects from biblical times, this Bible examines the archaeological record surrounding God’s Word and brings the biblical world to life. Readers’ personal studies will be enriched as they become more informed about the empires, places, and peoples of the ancient world. Features include: • Four-color interior throughout • Bottom-of-page study notes exploring passages that speak on archaeological and cultural facts • Articles (520) covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts • Approximately 500 4-color photographs interspersed throughout • Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance information • Detailed charts on pertinent topics • In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action "
Genesis for Everyone by Goldingay, John Only Genesis 17-50.
Explore The Book - Genesis to Joshua - PDF - J.Sidlow Baxter:
The Jewish Study Bible - Only OT - Interesting Jewish perspective.
Genesis 16-33 by McGee, J. Vernon
The Early Earth: An Introduction to Biblical Creationism by Whitcomb, John C 18 ratings
First published in 1972, The Early Earth has established itself as one of the most illuminating books defending biblical creationism. Whitcomb’s stellar defense of biblical creationism.
The Moon : its creation, form and significance by Whitcomb, John C
The World that Perished, a forceful sequel to The Genesis Flood and companion to The Early Earth, radiates an unshakeable faith in the authority of the Word of God. Whitcomb maintains with vigor that the Bible declares and affirms a supernatural, catastrophic flood of worldwide proportions, a declaration corroborated by scientific observations that are not warped by a uniformitarian bias in geology.
From the lives of Adam, Abel, Isaac, Joseph and many other Biblical characters, Dr. DeHaan develops pictures that foreshadow Christ and His ministry. A fascinating study of Old Testament typology, Portraits of Christ in Genesis relates deep theological truths in language easily understood by the laymen. This is Dr. DeHaan's parting message to the world. Shortly after he completed the manuscript for this book, and even before the series was completed on the air, Dr. DeHaan went to his heavenly reward. At his memorial service telegrams from fellow radio preachers were received praising and recommending the teaching ministry of this great man of God.
The Experiencing God Study Bible : the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings
Stories that live : 6 Bible stories for God's little people by Enns, Peter;
The Book of Genesis, an Exposition by Erdman, Charles R.
Cyril Barber - First published in 1950, this handy overview of Moses' first book traces the main theme and reveals the relevance of this portion of God's Word through the leading characters.
Nelson's Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament by Unger, Merrill
Dictionary of deities and demons in the Bible (DDD) - 950 pages (1995) Read some of the 65 ratings (4.8/5 Stars). A definitive in depth resource on this subject. Very expensive to purchase.
BILL BALDWIN - sermons somewhat of an outline format
- The Call To A Life Of Faith - Genesis 11:27-12:3
- Abram's Commitment To A Life Of Faith - Genesis 12:4-9
- The Truth About The Path To Egypt - Genesis 12:10-20
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
ROBERT S CANDLISH
OSWALD CHAMBERS Devotional
STEVEN COLE - highly recommended
- Great Privilege, Great Responsibility (Genesis 12:1-3)
- Obedient Faith (Genesis 12:4-9)
- Faithless Man, Faithful God (Genesis 12:10-13:4)
W A CRISWELL
- Genesis 12: Abraham: God's Pilgrim
- Genesis 12: Abraham: Citizen of Ur
- Genesis 12:3 Salute to America Rally
- Genesis 12: Mount Moriah: Mount of Sacrifice
JOHN CUMMING - 1854
AUGUST DILMAN - 1897
J LIGON DUNCAN III, et. al.
JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN
F C COOK, EDITOR (1871)
S R DRIVER
- Genesis 12:4-9 Separation Often Produces Conflict
- Genesis 12:7-9 A Tent and Altar Life
- Genesis 12:9-13 Altar Neglect Brings Failure
- Genesis 12:14-20 Friend of the World or of God?
EXPLORE THE BIBLE
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE - Marcus Dods
ARNO C. GAEBELEIN
GRACE NOTES - 892 pages
- What should we learn from the life of Abraham?
- What was Abraham’s religion before God called him?
- Why was Abraham promised land that belonged to others (Genesis 12)?
- What is the story of Abraham and Lot?
- Why did God punish Pharaoh for Abram’s lie (Genesis 12:17)?
- What is the Abrahamic Covenant?
L M GRANT
W H GRIFFITH-THOMAS
- Genesis 11:10-12:9 The Call of Abraham
- Genesis 12:10-13:4 The Testing (If you are experiencing testing, read the Scriptures & the comment!)
WILLIAM H GREEN 1895
- Genesis 11:47-12:4 Abraham and Faith
- Genesis 12:1-4 The Beginning of Faith
- Genesis 12:1-5 Walking By Faith
- Genesis 12:10-20 Ending Up In Egypt
S LEWIS JOHNSON
- Genesis 12 Rotenberry, Paul. “Blessing in the Old Testament, a Study of Gen. 12:3,” Restoration Quarterly 2.1 (1958) 32-36.
- Genesis 12, 15 Kaiser, W. C. “The Promised Land: A Biblical-Historical View,” Bibliotheca Sacra 138 (1981) 302-12.
- Genesis 12ff Abraham in History and Tradition - Donald Wiseman, Part 2
KEIL & DELITZSCH
- Genesis 11:27-29; 12:1-5 Abraham
- Genesis 12:10-20 Sarah in Egypt- Royal Rights over Women
- God's Purposes, and Man's Devices
- Genesis 12:16, 13:2 Patriarchal Wealth
PAUL E KRETZMANN - Lutheran Perspective
WOODROW KROLL - Devotionals on the Life of Abraham
- Genesis 11:31 The First Step
- Genesis 12:1-3 The Greatest Calling
- Genesis 12:5 Obey All the Way
- Genesis 12:8 Pledge Your Allegiance
- Genesis 12:12-13 The Wrong Kind of Help
- Genesis 13:1-2 Blessed Promises
- Genesis 13:5-7 Someone is Watching
- Genesis 13:8-9 I've Got Rights
- Genesis 13:14-15 A Place Called Home
- Genesis 14:14 The Lord's Army
- Genesis 14:22-23 Making It God's Way
- Genesis 15:1 Fear Not
- Genesis 15:2-3 I Wonder
- Genesis 15:13-14 We Win
- Genesis 15:15-16 The Patience of God
GARY KUKIS - Genesis Commentary
These Pdf files are very in depth studies including several Bible translations, word studies and comments.
H C LEUPOLD
- Ancient Near East in the Time of the Patriarchs
- The Land of Canaan from Abraham to Moses
- Palestine in the Middle Bronze Age
- The Migration of Abraham
- Abraham in Canaan
- Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
J VERNON MCGEE
C H MACKINTOSH
F B MEYER
G CAMPBELL MORGAN
HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible Notes
- Genesis 12:1 out of thy country
- Genesis 12:7 appeared
- Genesis 12:12 they will kill me
- Genesis 12:13 my sister
J G MURPHY
- Genesis - A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Genesis, with a new translation (1867)
OUR DAILY BREAD
- Genesis 12 Called From
- Genesis 12 Blessed To Bless
- Genesis 12:1-3 Hadrian’s Wall
- Genesis 12:1-5 Holy Fools
- Genesis 12:1-4 Marching Off The Map
- Genesis 12:1-4 The Leap
- Genesis 12:1-9 Shenandoah
- Genesis 12:1-8 Time For A Change
- Genesis 12:1-10; 13:1 Mysterious Detours
- Genesis 12:10-20 Learning From Mistakes
- Genesis 12:3 Drum roll, Please . . .
- Bible Character Series - Abraham Johnny L. Sanders
- Famine in the Land of Promise Genesis 12 Johnny L. Sanders
- Faith Enough to Follow Genesis 12:4 Donnie L. Martin
- Trusting God's Word Genesis 12:4-9 Jared Moore
A W PINK - Gleanings in Genesis
PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY - JOSEPH EXELL - THOMAS H LEALE
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE
- Gen 12:1–22:19
- Gen 12:1–9
- Gen 12:1–3
- Gen 12:1
- Gen 12:2
- Gen 12:3
- Gen 12:4
- Gen 12:6
- Gen 12:7
- Gen 12:8
- Gen 12:9
- Gen 12:10–20
- Gen 12:12
- Gen 12:13
- Gen 12:15
JOHN SCHULTZ - Former missionary
SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY
- The Call Of Abraham Genesis 12:1-4
- Abraham In Canaan Genesis 12:4-9
R C SPROUL - Devotionals
- 351 Devotionals on Genesis
- Genesis 12:1–9 The Call of Abram
- Genesis 12:1–3 Abrahamic Covenant, Part 1
- Genesis 12:1-3 The First Book of Moses
- Genesis 12:1-3 Abrahamic Covenant I
- Genesis 12:17–20 Take Her and Go
- Genesis 12:10–16 Down to Egypt
- Genesis 12:4–9 Abram Went
- Genesis 12:1–3 The Lord Said to Abram
C. H. SPURGEON
- Genesis 11:31; 12:5 Abram's Call; or, Half-way and All the Way
- Genesis 12:2 Abraham's Double Blessing
- Genesis 12:5 Effectual Calling-Illustrated by the Call of Abraham
- Genesis 12 - Exposition
RICHARD L. STRAUSS
- Genesis 1-11 - World Made- The Beginning - audio, visual, transcript
- Genesis 12-36 A Family Born- God's Heroes - audio, visual, transcript
GEOFF THOMAS - Sermons
- 1:27-12:1 Abraham: The Early Years
- 12:1-4 The Call of Abraham
- 12:4-9 Abraham's Faith Strengthened
- 12:10-20 Abraham's Faith Tested
DAVID THOMPSON - transcripts
TODAY IN THE WORD - Devotionals on entire book of Genesis
- Genesis 12 The Man Who Never Returned