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"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.

Publisher's Summary

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!

©2011 Logos Bible Study (P)2011 Logos Bible Study

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Dr. Creasy brings the Bible to life!!!

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Bible Study

Where does Genesis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Tony
  • BROOKLYN, NY, United States
  • 07-31-13

Best $4 Audiobook EVER!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

It's the greatest story ever told, told in the greatest way possible.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The knowledge and the connection to today's equivalency. All the education that I now know I lack and is looking forward to learning.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Into. How Dr. Creasy explained the whole course really made me want to go through it.

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Dr Bill is a great teacher

Where does Genesis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

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Five Stars - I learned something new!

Would you consider the audio edition of Genesis to be better than the print version?

I recommend everyone read Genesis. This study focuses on Genesis from both Jewish and Christian perspectives. Example-Hebrew word for Satan is 'Shiny one'. Taught 'Live' I finished Genesis in 7 days and moved quickly to Logos Exodus. Could not put this down!

What about Dr. Bill Creasy’s performance did you like?

Very down to earth Live performances (whole bible in 7 years). He is both an x-marine, desert survival expert, and travels to the locations he teaches about. In conjunction with a Rabbi, Creasy is a minister and also Literary teacher. (He teaches Homer for example). He can relate Achilles and Alexander to King David - very enlightening.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - but took 7 days during commutes to work.

Any additional comments?

Dis you know Moses and Israel carried the 400 year old mummy of Joseph for 40 years in the wilderness? And Joshua had the mummy carried across the Jordan river to attack Jericho? Its all in these studies.

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  • puck
  • st. louis
  • 02-20-13

Doesn't do enou otherwise I would give it a 5 star

Bill as usual makes the Bible very exciting. He seems to be an expert and what is was like to live at that time and all the archaeological information it provides is so good!

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  • Dianne
  • New Bern, NC, United States
  • 02-14-13

Understanding the Beginning of Sin

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very Much!! Greasy is a wonderfully educated teacher.

What other book might you compare Genesis to and why?

Any books by Bill Creasy. He has such insight into the geography.

Which scene was your favorite?

Joseph's family history

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The deceitfulness of Biblical characters.

Any additional comments?

I've never read anything that puts the story into context like Bill Creasy can do.

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  • cherry
  • Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • 12-17-12

Surprising great

Would you consider the audio edition of Genesis to be better than the print version?

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.

What other book might you compare Genesis to and why?

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.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • TG
  • Houston, TX
  • 07-06-14

I highly recommend Dr. Creasy!

What about Dr. Bill Creasy’s performance did you like?

Very entertaining and keeps me engaged

Any additional comments?

What an awesome way to learn "the book" I grew up reading but never really understood.

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There is life in learning about the Bible.

Would you consider the audio edition of Genesis to be better than the print version?

The print edition does not exist.

What did you like best about this story?

The way that the author brings the Bible to life.

What does Dr. Bill Creasy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings history and a deep understanding of life and times of the subject matter.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Patricia Borthwick
  • 12-10-14

Great Beginnings - I think I'll buy another !

What did you like most about Genesis?

Bill is a great speaker and his comments are funny and in tune with todays thinking.

What did you like best about this story?

When you read parts of the bible you do think - what is going on here? Really? That actaully was the case! etc. It is good that Bill clarifies what you originally thought, and then puts into context for you.

What about Dr. Bill Creasy’s performance did you like?

Funny, easy to like, down to earth guy ;o)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The factual data that Bill provides is great. He takes you right back to the era of Genesis. This happened because of this, and that, and they probably had this because in that time ... etc.

Any additional comments?

Bill has wealth of knowledge on the area, time and people of the book of Genesis. He uses lots of maps and draws on factual history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-18

The beginning

Loved every second of it and can't wait to start the next book and the next adventure with God.

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  • Tara
  • 09-25-16

Brilliant!

I loved this and am definitely going to get more now. Thank you so much.