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Visit the new "Participants Speak" Bulletin Board to read responses to your comments by project participants Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, and Walter Brueggemann.

WHO'S FEATURED THIS WEEK?

Azizah al-Hibri, Robert Alter, Bharati Mukherjee Eugene Rivers III, Lewis B. Smedes, Elizabeth Swados, and Burton L. Visotzky can all be seen in this week's program. This study group includes a Hindi, a Muslim, a Conservative Rabbi and two evangelical Christians. There are experts -- members of the clergy, professors of theology and a translator -- as well as laypeople -- a lawyer, a writer and a musician. Check out the biographies section to find out more.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN DISCUSSION GROUPS

A group in Baltimore, organized by the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, turned to the TALKING ABOUT GENESIS Resource Guide during their discussion of TEMPTATION (Genesis 2 and 3). The group used an excerpt from Augustine on page 42 of the guide, which explains the origin of evil as "when the soul abandons Him to whom it ought to cleave as its end, and becomes a kind of end in itself." According to Augustine, the original sin is an undue pride, an undue regard for our own will in defiance of God's larger vision. From this study the conversation turned to law and to Jesus as the respective Jewish and Christian methods of restoring relationship with God.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Check out information about ordering a set of videocassettes, audiocassettes, the companion book, or the Resource Guide. The project contributors have written some of the best books available on Genesis. Check out References.

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Call and Promise

Call and Promise

Abraham uprooted his wife and family and made a pilgrimage because he heard the voice of God. How would we respond to him today? Read this week's story of CALL AND PROMISE in your Bible in Genesis, Chapters 11-13, or hear Mandy Patinkin tell it on this Web site.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"What really matters is not whether Abraham is good or bad or cowardly or heroic, but that God pursues His design for the welfare of the human family with people like that -- in other words, people like us." - Lewis Smedes, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.


QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
1. In this story, Abraham tells the Egyptian Pharaoh that Sarah is his wife. The word "Pharaoh" is derived from an Egyptian phrase with what meaning?

2. What was the name of the king with whom Abraham struggled as a young man?
(Answers at bottom of page.)


WHAT DO YOU THINK?