Beginning again at the Beginning

Why is the human race in such a hopeless state today, and how can we fix it? The answers are “In The Beginning.”

D. Thomas Lancaster

Theology

Adam and Eve B'reisheet Genesis

Is there any hope for humanity? Before we try to answer that question, we should go back to the beginning of humanity and relearn our story.

It's time to turn back to the beginning. The first book of the Torah is called “B’reisheet,” which is the Hebrew word for “In the Beginning.” We are back at the beginning of the Torah Cycle, learning the stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark, and the Tower of Babel.

Here’s a fabulously entertaining six-minute video which uses cool artwork and clever animation to weave together an overview of the first two Torah portions. This video covers the major themes of Bereishit and Noach and gives you some impressive insights to add to the discussion at the Sabbath table.

That’s six minutes well-spent, and it's all part of "How to Train Your Bible."

All of these stories underline the same basic idea. When humans seize control of things from God and define good and evil for themselves, it results in a world of tragedy and death. It sounds pretty hopeless, but don’t let it get you down. The hope comes in the next video which covers the rest of the book of Genesis.

Funniest moment in the video might be when Tim says that “Noah gets totally plastered,” or it might be in the promotional at the end when Tim struts his stuff by singing the first line of the priestly benediction in Hebrew (5:32-5:46). Really Tim? Really?

About the Author

D. Thomas Lancaster is Director of Education at First Fruits of Zion, the author of the Torah Club programs and several books and study programs. He is also the pastor of Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in Hudson, WI.

Theology

Adam and Eve B'reisheet Genesis

(Image: Youtube/The Bible Project)

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