Bible Selected Readings from the Holy Bible Old Testament Genesis 1-2: The Hebrew story of creation; compare to other ancient creation stories from Mesopotamia, Greece, and the Norse people. The Song of Solomon: A song on the beauty of sexual love. Compare to "The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi." Genesis 6-9: The flood story; compare to the Mesopotamian story of Utnapishtim and the Greek myth of Deucalion and Pyrrha. Psalm 104: A song of praise to God for the benefits of creation; compare to "The Great Hymn to the Aten." Genesis 3: The fall in Eden. Genesis 4: The slaying of Abel by Cain (a dispute between farmers and cattlemen?) and the generations of Cain. Genesis 5: The generations of Adam. Note that there are two lines of descent given for Enoch. Genesis 11:1-9: The Tower of Babel. Genesis 12-13: Abram and Sarai in Egypt and Canaan. Genesis 15:1-6: God’s promise to Abram concerning offspring. Genesis 16: Sarai gives Abram her handmaid Hagar; the birth of Ishmael. Genesis 17: God renames his servants Abraham and Sarah; the covenant of circumcision. Genesis 18:9-15: The promise of God to Sarah re offspring. Genesis 21:1-21: The birth of Isaac; the departure of Hagar and Ishmael. Genesis 22: Abraham’s test. Genesis 25:19-29: The birth of Jacob and Esau; Esau sells Jacob his birthright. Genesis 27: Jacob steals Esau’s blessing by Isaac. Genesis 29-30:25: Jacob goes to Laban to find a wife; he finds four, and they bear many children. Genesis 32: Jacob’s family leave Laban’s lands; he fears Esau’s wrath; he receives the name Israel. Genesis 33: Jacob makes peace with Esau and buys land near the city of Shechem. Genesis 34: The murder of the men of Shechem over Jacob’s daughter Dinah. Genesis 37, 39-45: The story of Joseph; the children of Israel come into Egypt. Genesis 49: Jacob blesses his sons, each according to his zodiacal sign. Exodus 1-14: The story of Moses; the flight from Egypt of the children of Israel. Exodus 20:1-17: and The 10 Commandments Deuteronomy 5:1-22 Numbers 13-14: Moses sends spies to Canaan; they bear a false report of the strength of Canaan, except for Joshua and Caleb; God condemns them to wander in the desert for 40 years. Deuteronomy 34: The death of Moses. Joshua 6: The battle of Jericho. Ruth: The story of Ruth and Boaz, ancestors of King David. 1 Kings 6: The building of Solomon’s temple. Ezekiel 1: Vision of the Chariot Throne. Ezekiel 40-43: Vision of the New Jerusalem and the New Temple. New Testament The Gospel According to Matthew 1-4: The coming of the Christ. The Gospel According to Matthew 5-7: The Sermon on the Mount. The Gospel According to Matthew 17:1-13: Jesus’ statement concerning the coming of Elijah. The Gospel According to Matthew 26-28: The Last Supper, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. The Gospel According to John 14:12: Promise to the disciples that they will do "greater works." The Gospel According to John 20: An alternate version of the vision to Mary Magdalene. 1 Corinthians 13: Love as the greatest virtue. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily