Encountering the Old Testament, 3rd Edition

A Christian Survey

series: Encountering Biblical Studies

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5. Genesis 12–50: The Patriarchs: Ancestors of Israel’s Faith

Discussion Questions

  1. What lessons can we learn by studying the life of Abraham?
  2. What is the significance of the covenant in Abraham’s life?
  3. Why did Isaac give his son a name that meant “cheater”?
  4. How should Christians respond to the concept of election?

Class Activities

  1. Divide the class into groups of two. Have each pair select a patriarch from Genesis 12–50 and identify one lesson that can be learned from that patriarch. Follow this with a brief feedback session for the entire class. Class time allowed: 25 minutes.
  2. Divide the class into groups of five students. Have each group select one of the theological concepts: election, promise, and covenant. Have the group study the concept with an Old Testament perspective. Have all of the groups share their insights. Class time allowed: 30 minutes.