Genesis 1-11: Beyond Eden

9 interactive Bible studies for small groups and individuals

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Beyond Eden leads us through the first 11 chapters of the Book of Genesis.

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The first 11 chapters of the Bible are full of cataclysmic events; the creation of the world, the fall of mankind, the flood, etc. But what is the significance of this ancient document for the 21st century?

Beyond Eden leads us on a voyage of discovery to find life-changing answers to these questions. Each study focuses on a particular passage or group of passages, and consists of four elements:

  • sections of text to introduce, summarise, and suggest answers to the more difficult passages

  • space to write questions and comments that arise as you read and ponder

  • questions to help you investigate key passages

  • questions to help you think through the implications of your discovery.

Join us on a journey back to our origins which will not only explain how we got here, but why the world is such a mess and what God is doing about it all.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. In the beginning
  • 2. God's Image: rule
  • 3. God's Image: relationship
  • 4. Work and rest
  • 5. The Devil made me do it
  • 6. The Curse
  • 7. The God I don't believe in
  • 8. The Tower of Babel
  • 9. In search of the serpent crusher

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Author Phillip Jensen, Tony Payne
ISBN 9781921441684
Format Saddle stitch
First published January 2004
Dimensions 160mm x 226mm x 6mm
Language English
Pages 80
No. of studies 9
Publisher Matthias Media
Customer reviews


“Not everyone will survive this!”

To make this a helpful review I feel I need to explain some of the challenges I have come across with this guide:
1. Despite the clear introductory principle that we need to ask the right questions of Genesis if we are to learn what it is intending to teach us, the guide has put off members of our group who assume Genesis is only allegorical.
2. It is very intellectual, with lots of reading and a good knowledge of the Bible is necessary. It is hard to get much from this guide if members have not prepared
3. The majority of the studies need more than one hour to do them justice, and this has made the series drag a little, especially as the same passages in Genesis are used for more than one study.
However, I should say that I have enjoyed the study. Just make sure you have a group who can cope with the challenges I have mentioned above


“Excellent but unsuitable for those with poorer literacy skills.”

This is a great book for one-one studies. There is a lot in it and even though I have studied Genesis many times before, I still find I am learning new things or seeing things in a fresh light. It is good on application as well as quite challenging for theological thinking. I would recommend it for a study with a reasonably mature christian who is happy to work at it. There is a lot of reading for each study - comments and background material, which might put some people off. I would not recommend this for anyone who struggled with reading or was not used to bible study.


“A fantastic bible study guide”

A fantastic bible study guide helping us get to know our creator a little better. It helps us take a deeper look at God's might and power, His perfection in creation, the fall of man and the effect of that on the earth and us. A study guide I would truly recommend.


“Thought provoking”

Used this book in a bible study with a friend and it was very helpful in the way it moved us through Genesis.


“Starts well ...”

This set of Bible studies is a good way into the book of Genesis for home groups etc, but I have a few reservations.

1. As with all of this series, the studies are too long by 100% for a typical week-day evening home group meeting. But then, you can often just do just half a study per week if you plan carefully.

2. Genesis splits roughly into two halves: The down-hill part Ch. 1-11; the up-hill recovery Ch. 12-50. Ch. 1-11 is how the world got into the mess it's in; 12-50 are how God started to get us out of it. Why oh why would anyone choose to end a series of Bible studies at chapter 11?

3. Some will be concerned that the studies are anti-Sunday observance, but probably not many nowadays. Sigh. However, it is good that they at least uphold the sabbath principle.

4. Some of the 11 chapters are hardly covered at all.

Gen. 3:15 is rightly identified as a key verse, and the theme of "who is going to be the serpent slayer?" is explored well.

Maybe somebody is going to do the rest of Genesis one day so that Bible study groups don't end up depressed at the end of Ch. 11?


“Lot of work, must have good knowledge of scripture to use it sucessfully”

The book involves a lot of work before coming to the housegroup which is how we use it. However it assumes that the user has a good knowledge of scripture which is not true of my little group and therefore the group finds the book hard to understand. Threrefore we do not benefit as greatly from it as we should. With a more able group the book I am sure would be very useful

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