"In the beginning…" So begins perhaps the most familiar verse in the bible, and so begins this fascinating lecture series. Dr. Bill Creasy, retired literature professor at UCLA, turns Genesis, this most fundamental of all texts, into a story that comes alive with his lucid, entertaining, and funny explication. With a clear, energetic voice replete with intellectual curiosity, Creasy approaches Genesis from the perspectives of history, geography, political science, and literature. Full of familiar stories with a fresh, invigorating perspective, Creasy gives listeners a new zest for this first book of the bible.
In Genesis the curtain rises on our story. Genesis introduces most of the major themes in the Bible. Listen closely as Logos Bible Study’s Dr. Bill Creasy takes you through the story of creation, the fall of man, grace, atonement, faith, justification, redemption and much more in this extraordinary story of beginnings. Starting with Genesis 1-11, the “primeval chapters,” follow the story as God introduces the plan of Salvation in Chapter 12, and then he makes good on it through three unfolding triptychs: the stories of Abraham/Isaac, Isaac/Jacob and Jacob/Joseph. This is brilliant story telling that stands shoulder to shoulder with the world’s greatest literature. And no one tells the story as well as Dr. Creasy!
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It was an amazing and enlightening series of lectures about Genesis. Dr. Creasy brings the characters and events to life through geography and history. He takes an in depth approach to the Bible using factual historical events and geographical locations of each section in the Bible. It becomes easier to picture each story as an actual event rather than 'just a story' in the Bible.
He is amusing and keeps most of the lectures light and 'real.' There is nothing boring or droning about these lectures. He speaks clearly and makes these lessons understandable to anyone listening.
A must buy for anyone interested in understanding the Bible and applying it to life now.
I don't like bible studies and I almost never write reviews but Dr. Bill Creasy has breathed life into the study of the bible in the most entertaining and most educational way ever. You can only truly learn when you're interested and I think God has put Dr. Bill Creasy in my life through these audiobooks in order to know Him more. I've been the biggest bible evanglist because of this first book. I'm telling these stories to my co-workers and they're finding the bible to be awesome.
I can't wait to go through all the other books. This is just amazing. This is the beginning of my bible study, just buy it and give it a listen. I can't say enough good things about this.
It's the greatest story ever told, told in the greatest way possible.
The knowledge and the connection to today's equivalency. All the education that I now know I lack and is looking forward to learning.
The Into. How Dr. Creasy explained the whole course really made me want to go through it.
AU Tiger 1989
This is the first in the Logos Bible Study series.
Dr. Creasy covers Genesis verse-by-verse, providing context to the material by explaining other passages in the Bible that may relate to a passage under study, with descriptions of the geography and its relationship to the passage, as well as anecdotes from his travels or study.
That context has opened up the Bible to me in new ways.
As explained in the opening chapter, this study starts with Genesis in the Old Testament, then moves to Matthew in the New Testament, then Exodus and Leviticus in the Old Testament, then back to Mark in the New Testament, and so on.
I have been looking for a guideline online, but haven't been able to find one yet. If I find one, I will try to post the next book to be read in each book's review once I complete each book.
I have to say that I've read the entire NIV many times. I took a chance on a series of his lectures and I'm so very happy I did. He gives a whole different perspective on the nature of the time when these books were written. Including maps, government and military and practiced religions of the time. He also asks and answers most of the "natural" questions we all ask when reading it. I DO believe these lectures will enlighten and inspire you to dig deeper into your own knowledge and understanding of GOD and Jesus.
Dr. Bill s an expert the history, the archaeology ,and what it was like to live and different times. There is enough gravitas there for senior Christians and newbies. Hetakes teaching the word of God seriously and approaches it with humor!
Dr. Bill states what the Lord says,, and then might go off into various interpretations but iin the end he is word-based always word based!
He makes the Bible fun!
Dr. Bill has opened up the Bible to me and thousands of others! He is a gem if I did not get to meet him on earth than I will certainly meet him in heaven in which I will give him a big hug!
That not only goes for Daniel but for other books of the Bible! I originally started listening to his series in preparation of precepts upon precepts studying revelation! and it made it a whole lot easier on me! I am ones and those who actually understands revelation!
I wish there were more people out there like Dr. Bill and there would be more Christians without a doubt!
Very Much!! Greasy is a wonderfully educated teacher.
Any books by Bill Creasy. He has such insight into the geography.
Joseph's family history
The deceitfulness of Biblical characters.
I've never read anything that puts the story into context like Bill Creasy can do.
This is a lecture, wouldn't work the same in print. There are a lot of relevant joke points, which are funny and descriptive, but would not be half as funny if they are made in print.
Sadly, there aren't many commentary audiobooks out there. I think there are still many questions about the events that were not explored, but this is really good, consider genesis is a very rich book. If you are reading Genesis for the first and second time, I would highly recommend this book.
I love his jokes. I read someone wrote about his awesome humour, and I was skeptical about it. He is a humble man who wants to share his knowledge with people, so it's not much about him but what he knows, I love the historical elements he brings to the table, I have been waiting for something like this for a very long time, less theological, but more historical, at the same time still draw people closer to God.
When the author talks about the life of Jacob, some of the things about his characters and how he would have hurt the feelings of his brother. Often time I think we do not think much about Esau, which is fair, the Bible didn't provide a lot about him, but the interaction of Esau with Jacob also paints the flaws of Jacob. Abraham, Issac, Jacob, the stories of love, marriage, off-springs, brotherhood and powder, Dr. draws a very clear picture of these family affairs.
Get it, you won't regret it, it's not expensive anyways. If you haven't get out of Egypt (can't finish the part where Moses was going out) or worse yet, you are still stuck in Eden, then this audio is for you to hear.
Do yourself a favour and do something few people have done. Study the entire bible verse by verse with UCLA literary scholar Dr. Creasy and see Salvation History unfold like never before. Dr. Creasy is clearly a believer but does not promote any one theological perspective over another. I am Catholic and there is nothing here that is in conflict with Church teaching (in this lay person's opinion). Dr. Creasy's commentary is at times humorous but is at the same time reverent, insightful and faith filled.
Dr. Bill Creasy made the entire Genesis journey entertaining and informative.
Dr. Bill Creasy did an amazing job making the story come to life before your eyes.
Even though you may be new or have advanced knowledge of the story of Genesis, having it read by Dr. Creasy with all the facts he gives is a must read.
I loved this book because you don't just hear about the Bible, you hear about what is going on behind the scenes. I've read the Bible repeatedly and I've listened to (or read) a lot of books about the Bible. This book is fantastic because you "live" the Bible instead of "read" the Bible.
This book has been different from any other Bible or Bible Study because you feel like you have a friend with you while you listen to some of the "rougher" parts of the Bible. Dr Bill Creasy is an amazing author who brings his own experiences into the picture that helps you retain more of what you've heard. I would definitely listen to all his books.
I gave the performance a 4 because it wasn't read verbatim, so sometimes it was redundant. But maybe that's why he deserved a 5 because he was speaking from the heart.
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