Genesis: A Bible Study Course

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Topics & 4 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
Professor Emerita of Old Testament Studies
(8 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

Genesis: A Bible Study Course

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Topics & 4 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
Professor Emerita of Old Testament Studies
(8 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

Discover the Book of Genesis anew in this brilliantly taught Bible study course.

Genesis may be one of your favorite books of the Bible, but many of its stories can seem puzzling or foreign. How are we to reconcile the two seemingly contradictory creation stories? And why would a supposedly benevolent God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son? What should we make of elements that now seem scientifically or historically inaccurate?

Under the guidance of Sr. Dianne Bergant, Ph.D., the former President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, you will come to understand the Book of Genesis as never before. In 12 superb lectures, you will study the primary literary forms, cultural context, and theological underpinnings of the most beloved biblical stories. As you do

Discover the Book of Genesis anew in this brilliantly taught Bible study course.

Genesis may be one of your favorite books of the Bible, but many of its stories can seem puzzling or foreign. How are we to reconcile the two seemingly contradictory creation stories? And why would a supposedly benevolent God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son? What should we make of elements that now seem scientifically or historically inaccurate?

Under the guidance of Sr. Dianne Bergant, Ph.D., the former President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, you will come to understand the Book of Genesis as never before. In 12 superb lectures, you will study the primary literary forms, cultural context, and theological underpinnings of the most beloved biblical stories. As you do so, you will see how its authors, despite living in a very different world, are much like us: people who seek to be faithful to the God who loves them.

You will explore how the stories of Genesis are not historical or scientific accounts, but rather snapshots that reveal greater truths through symbols and metaphors. As you gain amazing insights into the world of ancient Israel, the Book of Genesis will open up to you in marvelous ways. You’ll meet engaging people and discover their fascinating lives, but most of all, you will see that they are our spiritual ancestors, always seeking the Divine. This course is the beginning of an endless spiritual journey.

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Sr. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Old Testament Studies and the former Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America from 2000 to 2001 and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past thirty years. For more than twenty years, Prof. Bergant has been the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today, having been a member of the editorial board for twenty-five years. Five of these years she served as the magazine’s general editor. She is now on the editorial board of Biblical Theology. From 2002 to 2005, she wrote the weekly column “The Word” for America magazine, reflections that have now been published by Paulist Press. Sr. Bergant received her Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University. She is the author of numerous books, including People of the Covenant: An Invitation to the Old Testament (Sheed & Ward, 2001) and Israel’s Wisdom Literature (Fortress Press, 2000).

Praise for Dianne Bergant

“Dianne is one of the most prolific authors and sought after speakers in the country. She has dedicated a lifetime of scholarship to learning and teaching the Old Testament, and accumulated a huge number of admirers and emulators. Her ministry is not confined to academic presentations but extends to her calling others to a more mature life of faith and insight into the workings of God in the world of creation.”
– Fr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Theology and Culture, Catholic Theological Union

“Sister Dianne's extensive knowledge of the Old Testament is matched only by her enthusiasm. A teacher of extraordinary insight and passion, Sister Dianne helps her students engage, interpret and understand the biblical text. If you can't be in her classroom, then Now You Know Media is the next best way to be taught by Sister Dianne Bergant.”
– Sr. Laurie Brink, O.P., Ph.D., Catholic Theological Union

 “Professor Dianne Bergant invariably brings sound biblical knowledge, practical sensitivity and spiritual insight to everything she writes.”
– Bishop Richard Sklba, Milwaukee

 “Sr. Dianne Bergant, C.S,A., has given her life to teaching, and she does it with enthusiasm, commitment, dynamism, and depth of thought, touching both minds and hearts.”
– Abbot Gregory Polan, OSB, Conception Abbey/Conception Seminary College

  • Introduction: What Are We Reading, and How Do We Read It?
  • In the Beginning: Genesis 1
  • Made from the Ground: Genesis 2
  • The Tree in the Middle of the Garden: Genesis 3
  • And the Rains Came: Genesis 6–9
  • I Will Make You a Great Nation: Genesis 12:1-3
  • The LORD Made a Covenant with Abram: Genesis 15; 17
  • Which Wife? Which Son?: Genesis 16; 21
  • Take Your Son, Isaac: Genesis 22
  • Jacob, His Wives, and His Sons: Genesis 25; 29
  • Jacob/Israel, and Reconciliation: Genesis 32; 33
  • Joseph and Egypt: Genesis 38–50

8 reviews for Genesis: A Bible Study Course

  1. Eileen

    Clarifies some issue which have incorrectly become part of “Bible History” for many Christians.

    Sister Diane’s lectures on Genesis clarify some issue which have incorrectly become part of “Bible History” for many Christians. She does this respectfully, but clearly and definitively. Very important!

  2. Fr. Michael

    Her down-to-earth examples and energy make listening to and learning from her a delight.

    Sr. Diane Bergant gives excellent talks on the book of Genesis. Her down-to-earth examples and energy make listening to and learning from her a delight.

  3. Rev. Jose

    The presentation was exactly what I needed and it gave me added insights to help me with my teaching.

    The presentation was exactly what I needed and it gave me added insights to help me with my teaching.

  4. Mark

    Wonderful and excellent — you should start here

    A brilliant and thoroughly knowledgeable review of the book of Genesis.

    Not only is she theologically dead-on, but her presentation and spiritual insights are brilliant. I agree with everything she states – but then that’s why I think she’s great.

  5. Mary W., IL

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    Sr. Dianne Bergant’s program is easy to follow and understand, but gives a new way to look at Genesis in every session. She is full of wisdom and has a true gift when it comes to teaching. Her course is good for anyone, no matter how much (or how little) experience they migh have in Scripture study.

  6. Rev. Thomas E.,, OH

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    Sister’s lectures are thorough and helpful. They take into account recent scholarship, but aren’t subservient to it.

  7. Hedy M., CA

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    The in depth knowledge of Sr Diane Bergant makes the Psalm come alive. Her insights provide ample discussion in our Bible Study

  8. Robert E., WA

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    Insightful survey, excellent discourse on exegetical methods. Sometimes strays toward more liberal interpretations, but keeps within bounds.

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