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Genesis 2:15 — Part Eight

I turned next to a friend of mine who wishes to be identified as “Kristen.” She’s a Semitic language authority who is currently studying etching on pottery shards from ancient Assyria. I sent her my original lesson with this request: … Continue reading

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Genesis 2:15 — Part Seven

While all this was going on, I was also working on a Bible survey series and found myself right back in Genesis 2. I took a different angle this time and didn’t bring up the PDK/RWO issue. But during the … Continue reading

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Genesis 2:15 — Part Six

Meanwhile, I sent my lessons to another reviewer. He is a “theologian” with an M.Div. from Trinity and a good grasp of the original languages and all the tools to consult. Here is his reply. On “put” meaning “caused to rest”: … Continue reading

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Genesis 2:15 — Part Five

Here’s another response from one of my reviewers. At first glance, I think the interpretation is a little speculative … The interpretation of “dress” bothers me, because in the English text, the object of it is “it” — the garden. … Continue reading

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Genesis 2:15 — Part Four

Here’s the way another of my reviewers responded. I like the way you have explained this verse in the lesson, but I still think God had Adam and Eve doing important, meaningful work in the garden while also worshipping, resting … Continue reading

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Genesis 2:15 — Part Three

When I sent the lesson on Genesis 2:15 to my review team, I received several responses from people who preferred the PDK interpretation. Here’s the first: I see where you are going with this, but I have never seen a … Continue reading

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Genesis 2:15 — Part Two

As I mentioned in my last post, I wrote a lesson on Genesis 2:15. Here is the relevant part of that lesson, with slight alterations to make it less “lessony.” We have a purpose. God made humans for a reason. … Continue reading

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Genesis 2:15 — Part One

Five or six years ago, in a Sunday school class at our church, we took a course in Genesis from a professor of Bible at a major Christian college. His outline point for Genesis 2:15-25 was “The Responsibility of Man.” … Continue reading

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The Gospel

Imagine a friend walking up to you one day and saying, “Have you heard the good news?” You’d wait a second or two for him to complete his thought, and then you’d ask, “Good news about what?” The word “gospel” … Continue reading

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The Mysteries

In the New Testament, the word “mystery” almost always refers to information that had been previously unknown. A mystery was a revelation from God that had been revealed to the author of that book of Scripture but hidden from everyone … Continue reading

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