Centre for the Study of Bible & Mission

PrintI’m enjoying reading Brian Russell’s (re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World. In this excerpt from the chapter, ‘The OT Story: Creation, Fall, and Israel’, he reflects on the ‘international framework’ of Gen. 3-11:

‘These stories remain in the same international framework of Genesis 1-2. The narratives of Gen. 3-11 are descriptive of the global human condition. There is still no Israel. We will find a few faithful followers of God, but we have not yet reached the moment when God will call a new humanity into his service to begin the narrative thread that will culminate with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the unleashing of the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is vital to recognize this international context. The Bible is the story for all humanity. The Bible will soon narrow its focus for a time on the descendants…

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