Genesis 1:1 - 6:8

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Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10

Welcome to the Torah Portion Bereshit. In this post, we will cover the weekly Torah portion and weekly Haftarah portion from a cultural perspective. There is also an Echoes Through Scripture teaching which takes a theme from the Torah portion and connects it throughout the rest of the Hebrew Bible and into the Apostolic Scriptures.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was chaos and waste, darkness was on the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering upon the surface of the water.

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Recommended Resources


  • The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton

  • The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot by Michael Fishbane]

  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament by John Walton

  • Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity by David DeSilva

  • Ancient Near Eastern Texts by James Pritchard

  • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

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