Episode 6

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12th Jan 2021

Gen 6: Overview of the Book of Genesis

Book of Genesis #6

We begin our scriptural study of the Book of Genesis by taking a broad view of the purpose and content of this sacred book. Who was it written for? And for what purpose?

After all, Genesis is not a compendium of divine activities that brought about the creation of the world and man nor is it an exhaustive account of all the truths that God wishes to convey to us, rather it is written to answer specific questions, much like the letters of St. Paul and understanding what these questions are is key to a proper comprehension of the book.

Beyond the actual purpose, there is the broader question of methodology: how are we to interpret an ancient text whose context and culture have faded away and for which we have vague references? Colloquialism, hyperboles, metaphors, and other techniques of communications are part of Genesis as they part of any other text, and understanding the text in its original context conveys the literal meaning of the text; quite a different thing than the literalistic meaning -- the meaning derived from a one-to-one mapping of words to content. A simple example suffices to explain the difference: "Honey, you're so sweet." This expression that a mother may say to her daughter is a metonymy in which A the words "honey" and "sweet" do not mean the physical substance of honey of level of sucrose but indicate something about the character of the daughter. Likewise, "He's got bat ears" is a metalepsis --another figure of speech-- implies that the subject has very sharp (another metonymical device) hearing.

We can figure out what is meant with these sentences from the current context and the ambient culture. Not so with ancient texts where the context has been lost and the culture is practically unknown. In these cases, we must proceed carefully lest we interpret literalistically a metaphor, simile, metonymy, or similar textual devices. To this end, we focus on the Four Senses of Scripture and we establish them as a foundation for our interpretation of the Book of Genesis.

Next, we focus on the title of the book "Sepher Telodot" in Hebrew -- The Book of Generations and describe what this means. Also, we compare the Book of Genesis in its structure and content to Egyptian mythology and the Babylonian Enuma Elish, the creation-myth to better understand how Genesis can be considered an Apologia -- a defense of the faith -- against these myths.

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The Book of Genesis
A thorough bible study of Genesis -- the Catholic Way
Creationism, Big-Bang, Evolution, Adam and Eve, the Flood, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph... This study covers these topics and many more in a Catholic mindset. Discover the depth and beauty of Genesis and deepen your relationship with God by meditating on His paternal care to those who love Him.

he Book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible because without a proper understanding of the unfolding events from Adam to Joseph the sense of Scripture will be truncated and obscured. This book teaches us first and foremost that theology is rooted in history and morality, that God, the Living God of Israel is not a God of a Book but is a God of people and of events. Nothing escapes his attention and no one is outside his dominion.

This study is a pilgrimage and it is a family-reunion. No one truly knows who he is unless he knows where he comes from and where he is going. By walking with the People of Israel and meditating on the sacred dialog between our forefathers and God we enter into the Mystery of Silence where God speaks to each and every one of us and render our lives and time intelligible in the light of His Truth so that we may live every deeply the Peace of Christ that comes through the Grace of the Holy Spirit.

The sixsty-two episodes that make up this podcast cover all fifty chapters of the Book of Genesis. Each of these talks is at least one hour long, some even longer (excluding questions and answers which are also included). On average, we spend about 2.5 hours per chapter and nearly all these chapters are short. This gives you an indication of the depth and level of details of these talks.

By subscribing to this podcast, you will once and for all be rooted in the Tradition of the Catholic Church since we follow in the footsteps of the Father and, more often than, not arrive at similar conclusions. Interestingly, we did not do that because the Fathers told us so; we did it simply because the coherence of the whole of Scripture led us in this direction and confirmed the wisdom and great knowledge kept safe for us by the Catholic Church.

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.