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The Unfolding Views of God (from Genesis)

This ten-minute video discusses how the idea of God in Genesis evolves.  “Yahweh”, first introduced in Genesis 2 as a rather anthropomorphic version of God, is also the God of Isa. 43 who offers such consolation and hope to Israel during the Babylonian Exile.  Does your idea of God evolve?  We discuss two of the Biblical authors of “Genesis”–the J writer (called that because he identifies God as “Jehovah” or Yahweh) and the P writer (referring to the Priestly writers who called God “Elohim”).   (Click here to find the brand new “Genesis CD – Part I”.)


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8 Responses to The Unfolding Views of God (from Genesis)

  1. Sher Wolf February 13, 2020 at 7:12 am #

    Thanks so much for your dedication to understanding the progressive view of God and then having and using all the necessary skills and talents to introduce us to it. I ran across a book The Search for God by Marchette Chute and have found it very helpful in seeing the progressive view of God occurring in The Bible. I’m half way through but the aha moment at this point was Moses encounter with the burning bush. In her explanation, if I understood it correctly, Moses, being raised as a prince in Egypt, was being trained in the magical arts of hypnotism and necromancy. It was not unusual to conduct or be a part of this mental craft. Thus Moses responded to a so called magical burning bush not being consumed getting his attention similar to Egypt’s magic as he had been trained and was familiar with. The most important point is when God gave him His name I Am that I Am, the great transformation that occurred to him at that encounter, was there was only one Mind that could perform all miracles, magic,necessary for any occasion to align thought to the one God and that was this one Mind, the only Mind superior and supreme to any lesser display of a puny mind. I had to put that into context with today and the medical profession. They would appear to display the same magical arts practices as in Moses time in Egypt. His rod did swallow theirs. Since the Jews had been living under this mental mesmerism when he went back to free them, it is only logical they would not believe Moses’s mission in serving God without miracles as they had seen in Egypt. Moses’s God would have to out perform Egypt’s many minded gods. Hence all the plagues, etc to get the people moving. That was really an aha moment for me. Thank you and I hope to see you in Indy in April. Sher

    • Madelon Maupin February 13, 2020 at 10:20 am #

      Thank you Sher. Yes, Marchette Chute’s work is wonderful and clear. And how lovely you had such an ‘aha’ in re-reading that story of the burning bush. That is exactly what I’ve been seeing in the Genesis research — what a pivotal moment that is for not just Moses but all of us since in that unfolding view of God.
      Thank you for being an active part of The BibleRoads community and I look forward to others’ insights as well.

  2. Bonnie Phemister February 13, 2020 at 9:24 am #

    You might also like The End of the Search by Marchette Chute, if you can still find it

  3. Andrea February 13, 2020 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks for this vlog Maddie! I enjoyed it so much I just downloaded your full lecture on Genesis!

    • Madelon Maupin February 13, 2020 at 12:04 pm #

      So delighted, Andrea. Thank you! I think you’ll love these new views as I have…

  4. Rosalinda Johnson February 13, 2020 at 6:48 pm #

    O my goodness, what a marvelous 17 minute historical presentation about the history of the Jews, of Israel, of Rome, of the entire region from Egypt to Babylon. Must look and listen to it again! Thank you, Medalon! What a Gift!!!

  5. Cindy Snowden February 15, 2020 at 11:05 am #

    I love the vlog!
    Thank you for creating it. It’s so helpful!!
    Keep doing these!!

  6. Stella Kay February 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm #

    Thank you for this marvelous vlog! What a wonderful eye- opener!
    I listnened with such interest. This vlog is such a gift to your followers. Thank you.
    I’m looking forward to your next vlog.

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