Genesis 1-11: Creation, Generation and Regeneration

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
Genesis Salon IntensiveZela's Wine Bar, HighgateThree hours4 Sept6-9 PM

“When God began to create heaven and earth,
and the earth then was welter and waste and darkness over the deep
. . . God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.”

One way to know a culture is through the stories it tells. The stories in the Book of Genesis are a rich narrative inheritance woven throughout our culture, our literature, our language, almost into our unconscious.

From the origin stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and the Great Flood, on through the patriarchal narratives of Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph and his brothers, Genesis records a grand account of creation, destruction, faith, disobedience, promise and fulfillment. It tells how a people understands its origins, its place in the world and its relationship to the divine.

Our three-hour intensive study of Chapters 1 through 11 of Genesis will look at the first stories of creation, of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden, of Cain and Abel, and Noah and the Great Flood. They  comprise a  narrative arc well-suited to an evening’s study, telling a cycle of creation-generation-destruction-regeneration. Our discussions will explore how these first stories attempt to understand our humanity, the nature of divinity, morality, the sacred and the profane.

This study will read the impressive translation of Genesis by Robert Alter, which honors the meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew and conveys them in fluent English prose.



  • Facilitated by Mark Cwik
  • Monday, 4 September 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 3-hour intensive study
  • Recommend edition: The translation of Genesis we will use for this study will be by Robert Alter. It can be found in either of the two editions below, which are available in new and used in the UK:
    • Genesis: Translation and Commentary by Robert Alter; W. W. Norton & Company; New Ed edition (14 Jan. 1998); ISBN-13: 978-0393316704
    • The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter; W. W. Norton & Company (28 Oct. 2008); ISBN-13: 978-0393333930
  • Location:  Zela’s Wine Bar, 216 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5AX
  • £30 for three-hour study

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