WHO'S IN THE MIX?
This week's group includes Hugh O'Donnell, Walter Brueggemann, Roberta Hestenes, John Kselman, Burton Visotzky, Renita Weems, and Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. There are Protestants, Jews and Catholics, atheists and ministers -- a range of ideas and opinions from diverse backgrounds. Full biographies are available for all participants. Are you interested in starting or joining your own Genesis Discussion Group? We have information for you. The project contributors have written some of the best books available on Genesis. For titles and information, check out Resources.
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THIS WEEK IN THE RESOURCE GUIDE:
Did you remember that there are two versions of the story of Creation of man and woman in Genesis? (p. 22 and 30) Why did God command the people of Israel to "remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy"? (p. 27) Read different perspectives on how Genesis has shaped our perceptions of men and women. (p. 28) Are you watching the Genesis series with your kids? With your parents? Try some activities from the Guide. (p. 33)
(Page numbers refer to the hard copy version.)
In God's ImageGod creates the world and humans, among other things. Read a fuller description of the program or watch it on October 20 at 6 p.m. EST. (Check your local listings.)
"What do I think when I hear the phrase -- 'bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh?' This is the first love song a man ever sang to a woman." -- Reverend Renita Weems of Vanderbilt University Divinity School
What is Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's famous phrase describing the Sabbath? (Answer at bottom of page.)
Go to the Bulletin Board this week to add your own thoughts on what it means to be created in the image of God. Why is God called "He" in so many English translations? Are human creativity and divine creativity related? How do the stories in Genesis shape our perceptions of women?
Answer to QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Rabbi Heschel called the Sabbath "a palace in time."