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''In the beginning ...''

March 26, 2014 Speaker: Adam Olean Series: Genesis

Scripture: Genesis 1:1

In this study, we consider two different views of where Genesis 1:1 begins including a traditional view and a non-traditional view. Does Moses place the beginning of Genesis at the absolute beginning of all creation, including space, time, and history itself? Or does he place the beginning at the start of God's creative activity with the heavens and the earth already in existence? The difference is not insignificant! We argue that the traditional view is not only linguistically possible but that it is the best reading of the text. After affirming the traditional view, we then consider the theological implications of an absolute beginning of everything except for God.

For supplemental reading on some of the more technical aspects of the phrase "In the beginning" see the following articles:


    • Cotten, Marvin. "Much Ado about Shwa." Marv's Blog, April 11, 2012. No pages. Online:


    • Wilson, Josh. "Have We Misunderstood Genesis 1:1?" Answers in Depth 8 (2013). No pages. Online: