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.
It Goes Without Say
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 by default. Other translations, such as the ESV or the NIV1984, will be noted as such.
ESV Study Bible Crossway. 2016.
Incredible resource. I have purchased this resource multiple times over for myself and friends. If you want one and can’t afford one, hit me up. 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.
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.
by John Calvin.
I mention this because in my go-to mobile Bible Study App, Olive Tree, Calvin’s Commentaries are my go-to Commentary text of choice when I need clarification on the go. You can get the entire digital set for your phone (and computer) for about $40 from Olive Tree.
by James Montgomery Boice.
Baker Books. May 1, 2006.
Genesis: Beginning and Blessing (Preaching the Word).
by R. Kent Hughes.
Crossway. November 30, 2012.
Genesis (Word Biblical Commentary).
by Gordon J. Wenham.
Thomas Nelson Inc. October 9, 1987.
The Gospel in Genesis.
by Martyn Lloyd-Jones.