Genesis: Not Science? But Genius! Beyond Debate


GOING LIVE ONLINE 10/20 & 10/27 2021

Genesis: Not Science? But Genius! is a LIVE ONLINE Term 1 2021 MINI COURSE held virtually on Zoom on Two Consecutive Wednesdays Oct 20 & 27 from 7:00–9:30pm EST. Once you register for this course, log into your MSI account, choose this course in 'My Courses', and you will find the Zoom link in the Course Contents along with all the course materials as they are shared.

Course Description:
Ready to end the needless war between ‘science’ and ‘religion’, and all the fighting about what Genesis 1 actually says and means? Ready to see why Genesis 1 is structured in a 7-day format and how Genesis serves the rest of the Bible? Want to be able to defend the genius of Genesis and show why it is not some outdated naïve nonsense? Then this course is for you! It’s a deeper study of its ancient Israelite and Near Eastern contexts, but it also engages contemporary science to highlight any possible connections. The course will begin with a discussion of the art and science of interpretation, the problem of argument culture, why dialogue is more important than debate, and sound approaches to understanding Genesis on its own terms and from its own perspectives. Above all else, come discover the Bible’s own beginning paradigm for wholeness and holiness!


This MSI LIVE ONLINE course meets LIVE via Zoom on two consecutive Wednesdays, OCT 13 & 20, but the LIVE ONLINE sessions for this course will be recorded and available to revisit whenever you desire. The videos will be uploaded as soon as possible after the LIVE ONLINE sessions in the Course Contents. We encourage you to follow the schedule closely and plan ahead to be with us for these LIVE courses so you can get the most out of lifelong learning with MSI. While not ideal, you may also register for this course if you cannot attend the live sessions and engage the videos at your own pace.



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GOING LIVE ONLINE 10/20 & 10/27

Your Instructor

Henri Louis Goulet
Henri Louis Goulet

Henri’s primary interests include the Biblical languages (specializing in Biblical Greek); the reciprocal relationship between the Tanakh and the New Covenant Scriptures; the study of the New Covenant Scriptures from the 'Within Judaism Perspective'; the Way of the LORD as a Biblical worldview and way of life; the origin, meaning, and instantiation of ekklēsia; the Jewish-Graeco-Roman milieu of the New Covenant Scriptures; 2nd Temple Jewish Literature, especially the 'Pseudepigrapha'; the full Good News; the kingship/kingdom of God; the letters of Paul; ancient rhetoric; hermeneutics; paradigms; and conceptual metaphor. He is a member of the SBL and the SPOSTST, and has served as an Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Greek and/or NT at the seminaries of Ashland and Capital University. Henri currently serves as the Academic Dean and Executive Director of MSI, as well as the Education Coordinator of Beth Messiah Congregation.

This course is closed for enrollment.