Genesis 1:1–3:19 | On the Serpent, the Promised Seed, and Nahash the King of the Ammonites (Bible Talk, Ep. 1)

In this inaugural episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about the first three chapters of Genesis. These first three chapters of the Bible are so important because they set the trajectory for everything that comes next—all the way until we get to Revelation 22.


1:00 / When did you fall in love with the Bible?

5:19 / Why is Genesis 1:1 so important?

6:38 / “Days 1-3 is God prepping the canvas, and days 4-6 are the canvas being adorned by its Master.” Jim explains the division between the days of creation.

8:31 / What does it mean to be created in the image of God?

11:31 / What role does gender—maleness and femaleness—play in our imaging of God?

13:30 / Why does God rest, and what does it mean for us?

15:46 / Why does Moses seemingly repeat in Genesis 2 what he wrote in Genesis 1?

18:15 / The Bible is one book. Therefore, do the rivers and gold of Genesis 2 have anything to do with Revelation 21-22? How does the imagery of the created order permeate the rest of Scripture?

21:08 / Where does the serpent come from, what does he accomplish in the Fall, and how does his temptation start a pattern?

25:32 / God says, “Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17). Did they?

28:46 / How does God’s curse apply differently to the man, woman, and serpent?

31:08 / Why is Genesis 3:15 one of the most important verses in the Bible?

35:35 / Is it too simple to say that Genesis 1-3 is about Jesus? 


37:27 / In Genesis 1:27, God said, “Let us make man in our image.” Is that referring to the Trinity?

40:02 / Some people believe Genesis 1-3 is not meant to be read as truth. Why is that an unacceptable position?

41:18 / Where did Satan come from?

42:44 / Jonathan Leeman writes in Don’t Fire Your Church Members that the office of priest-king given to Adam was fulfilled in Christ and reconfered on every member of the church. Church members, therefore, should not be prevented from watching over the membership and teaching of God’s new covenant temple-garden. Is Leeman crazy?

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Image: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan Brueghel the Elder (1615)

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