Genesis: An Introduction & Resources

The Introduction

Why Genesis? The pat answer is that it is beginning of everything that God has done. Everything we read from Exodus on, including and especially in the Gospels, can be traced right back to the first instance in Genesis.

The real answer is that this is a sincere challenge and I want to walk through it.

Here just the very small list of resources on Genesis that I have found most helpful.

The Resources

It Goes Without Say

Christian Standard Bible
Holmon Publishing. 2020.

Many times, many teachers, preachers, and small group leaders (myself included) will "cut straight to the chase" and engage the commentary instead of engaging the Word of God. Remember, the commentaries are not without error—they are the observations of the author.

Slow down, pray, read, chew and meditate.

Note: I use the Christian Standard Bible version on this blog default. Other translations, such as the ESV or the NIV1984, will be noted as such.

ESV Reformation Study Bible
Commentary & Edited by R.C. Sproul.
Ligonier Ministries. March 16, 2015.

I don't have much to say except this: if I was restricted to one Study Bible, this would be the one. Even if they never make one for the CSB. That is how much I love R.C. Sproul's notes--they will always refer back to historical creeds and confessions.

ESV Study Bible
Crossway. 2016.

Incredible resource.

If I had to pick just one format (hardcover vs. leather vs. paperback vs. digital), I use it way more in my Olive Tree Study Bible than anything else.

Hebrew Greek Key Word Study Bible.
New American Standard Bible 1977.
AMG International. 2008.

Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible.
NIV 1984.
Zondervan. 2003.

Life Application Study Bible.
NIV 2011.
Zondervan. 2011.

Commentaries & Books

I don't have a personal insightful recommendation on the following. I just wanted to have a stack of resources that I can check by and draw from if I need to.

Calvin's Commentaries.
John Calvin.
Baker. 2009.
Olive Tree

James Montgomery Boice.
Baker Books. May 1, 2006.

Genesis: Beginning and Blessing (Preaching the Word)
R. Kent Hughes.
Crossway. November 30, 2012.

Genesis (Word Biblical Commentary)
Gordon J. Wenham.
Thomas Nelson Inc. October 9, 1987.

The Gospel in Genesis
Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
Crossway. 2009.