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A summary of Becker Bible Scripture Study Guides completed on downloadable Bible Study Templates.


Kathy L. McFarland


Genesis 1:1-2


The Beginnings of Creation

King James Scripture:

1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Hebrew/Greek Scripture:

1      בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ׃ 
2      וְהָאָ֗רֶץ הָיְתָ֥ה תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ וְחֹ֖שֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י תְה֑וֹם וְר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֔ים מְרַחֶ֖פֶת עַל־פְּנֵ֥י הַמָּֽיִם׃

The Lexham Hebrew Bible (Logos Bible Software, 2012).

Important Ideas:

Creation of the Heaven and Earth by the LORD God (Genesis 1:1) and Son of God (John 1:1-5)

Pre-Creation state (Genesis 1:2)

God's Creative Magnificence (Isaiah 40:12


Theological Significance:

The LORD God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit Create all things, known and unknown by mankind

Theological Difficulties:

The Nature of Scripture - Inerrant Word of God or Anthological Historical Account?

Cosmogony: Science or Scripture - Literal, Darwinian Evolution, Myth, Two Creations or Theistic Evolution?

Cosmogony: Chaos Theories - Restitution Chaos (Gap) Theory, Initial Chaos Theory, or Pre-creation Chaos Theory?

Age of Creation - Scientific Measure of Standardized Time, Young-Earth Estimation of Literal Time, Day-Age Estimation of Biologos Time?

Creation ex nihilo/fiat ex nihilo  



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Scripture References:

Nehemiah 9:6 (Exalt the Lord for His creation, who has made all things!)

Job 9:8 (He spread out the Heavens and tread upon the sea)

Job 37:14-18 (Consider the wondrous works of the Lord)

Job 38:4-11 (God shows Job's Ignorance)

Psalm 19:1 (The Glory of God is declared by the heavens and His handiwork shown by His created firmament)

Psalm 33:6-9 (Praise to the Lord for who He is and does)

Psalm 89:11 (The world and its fullness were founded by Him)

Psalm 95:5 (The LORD God formed the Seas and the Dry Land with His Hands)

Psalm 102:25 (The foundations of the earth laid from old)

Psalm 104 (God's Preservation of Nature)

Psalm 115:15-16 (The Heavens are the LORD's)

Psalm 136:5 (He stretched out the earth above the waters; His mercy endures forever)

Psalm 148:1-14 (Let His Creation Praise its Creator)

Proverbs 3:20 (He established the heavens and by His knowledge the depths are broken up)

Proverbs 8:22-31 (Wisdom is everlasting)

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (The Lord made everything beautiful in His time)

Ecclesiastes 11:1 (Cast your bread upon the waters)

Isaiah 40:12 (The Majesty of the Lord)

Isaiah 45:7 (The Only Reference of God as Creator of Darkness and Evil)

Isaiah 45:12 (The LORD God commands the hosts in all His created Heavens)

Jeremiah 10:12-13 (The LORD God established the earth with wisdom through the utterance of His Word)

Amos 9:6 (He built His stories in Heaven and founded His troop in earth)

John 1:1-5 (All Things Made by the Word of God)

Acts 14:15 (Turn from vanities into the living Creator God)

Colossians 1:16-17 (The pre-eminent Christ)

Hebrews 11:3 (Faith assures us the worlds were framed by God)

2 Peter 3:7 (The Heavens and Earth are kept until the Day of Judgment)

Typological Significance:

Water - The contemplative atmosphere experienced by the Triune God as he considered water at the beginning of Creation eventually represents the water given to His Chosen people. This water of Grace typologically represents the Will of the LORD God given freely to (thirsty) men. It is the influence and Spirit of God operating in man through grace, to regenerate, strengthen and refresh man's spiritual (inward) and natural (outward) life experience.


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Scripture Worksheet Link:

The Scofield Reference Bible: The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments. New York; London; Toronto; Melbourne; Bombay: Oxford University Press, 1917.

The Revised Standard Version. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc. , 1971.

The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.

The King James Study Bible. Liberty University: Thomas Nelson, Inc. , 1988.

The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989.

God's Word Translation. Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Group, 1995.

New American Standard Bible. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.

The Everyday Bible: New Century Version. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2005.

The Holy Bible: Today's New International Version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005.

The Net Bible First Edition: Biblical Studies Press, 2006.

Douay-Rheims Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009.

The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009.

New American Bible Revised Edition. Washington, DC: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011.

The New International Version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.

Lexham Hebrew Bible: Logos Bible Software, 2012.

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Allen, Ronald Barclay. "The Leviathan-Rahab-Dragon Motif in the Old Testament." Dallas Theological Seminary, 1968.

Anderson, Gary. "The Interpretation of Genesis 1:1 in the Targums." Catholic Biblical Quarterly 52, no. 1 (1990): 21-29.

Augustine of Hippo. "The City of God," in a Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, First Series: St. Augustin's City of God and Christian Doctrine. Vol. 2, Edited by Philip Schaff. Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company, 1887.

Bailey, David H. "Creationism and Intelligent Design: Scientific and Theological Difficulties." Dialogue 43, no. 3 (2010): 62-87.

Barney, Kevin L. "Joseph Smith's Emendation of Hebrew Genesis 1:1." Dialogue 30, no. 4 (1997): 103-135.

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Bosanquet, Mary. The Life and Death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. NY: Harper and Row, 1968.

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Harris III, W. Hall. The Lexham English Bible. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012.

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Henry, Hugh and Daniel J. Dyke. "Evolution as Mythology: Is the Modern Theory of Evolution Science or Myth?" Stone-Campbell Journal 13, no. 1 (2010): 47-70.

Isaiak, A. Ben, B. Sharfman, and H. M. Orlinsky. Genesis, the Pentateuch and Rashi's Commentary: A Linear Translation into English. Vol. 1, 1949.

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Luther, Martin. Luther's Commentary on Genesis. Translated by J. T. Mueller. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958.

McKenzie, John L. "A Note on Psalm 73." Theological Studies 2,  (1950).

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Orlinsky, Harry M. "The New Jewish Version of the Torah: Towad a New Philosophy of Bible Translation." Journal of Biblical Literature 82,  (1963).

Pannenberg, Wolfhart. Systematic Theology, Volume 2. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1994.

Payne, D. F. Genesis One Reconsidered. London: Tyndale Press, 1962.

Ridderbos, Nick H. Genesis I 1 Und 2 Oudtestamentische Studien 12, 1958.

Speiser, E. A. Genesis, the Anchor Bible. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1964.

Swanson, James. Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament). electronic ed. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997.

Taylor, Kenneth Nathaniel. The Living Bible, Paraphrased. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1997.

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Unger, Merrill F. "Rethinking the Genesis Account of Creation." Bibliotheca Sacra, no. (January-March 1958) (1958): 27-35.

Waltke, Bruce K. Creation and Chaos: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Biblical Cosmogony: Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, 1974.

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Waltke, Bruce K. "Creation Account in Genesis 1:1-3 (Part 3)." Bibliotheca sacra 132, no. 527 (1975): 216-228.

Waltke, Bruce K. "Creation Account in Genesis 1:1-3 (Part 4)." Bibliotheca sacra 132, no. 528 (1975): 327-342.

Waltke, Bruce K. "Creation Account in Genesis 1:1-3 (Part I)." Bibliotheca sacra 132, no. 525 (1975): 25-36.

Waltke, Bruce K. "Creation Account in Genesis 1:1-3 (Part 5)." Bibliotheca sacra 133, no. 529 (1976): 28-41.

Waltke, Bruce K. and M. O'Connor. An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1990.

Wellhausen, Julius. Prolegomena to the History of Ancient Israel. Cleveland: Meridian Books, 1957.

Westermann, Claus. The Genesis Accounts of Creation. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1964.

Young, Robert. Young's Literal Translation. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 1997.

Youngblood, Ronald. "Moses and the King of Siam." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 16, no. Fall (1973).