Christians, Muslims and Jews all look to the patriarch Abraham as the father of their faiths, but these religions draw very different conclusions from his biography. This course explores the account of Abraham’s life in Genesis 11:10-25:18 from a distinctly Christian perspective in order to analyze what these stories meant for those who first received them and what they mean for us today. It is based on the lecture series, Father Abraham, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.
Instructions for Reading Assignment 1
Read Genesis 11:10 to the end of Genesis 13.
Read John Calvin’s Commentary, volume 1, on these same chapters of Genesis, which includes pages 246-281.
Find the link for this PDF file in the “Readings” section of this lesson.
Use the “Study Guide for Reading Assignment 1” to help assimilate the contents of the reading. This guide is found in the “Study Guides” section of this lesson.
When you have finished the reading, take the quiz on it, found in the “Evaluations” section.
If you have correctly answered all the review questions of the study guide, you should do well on the quiz.
Study Guide for Reading Assignment 1
Before you begin, look quickly over all the reading to see the main topics. Write down what you hope to learn from the reading, and what questions you have about the subjects addressed.
Genesis 11:10 to the end of Genesis 13.
- Does Calvin agree that Abram was the first born son of Terah?
- From what is the name of the city “Ur” derived?
- What promises were made to Abram in Genesis 12:2-3?
- According to Calvin, when God called Abram to leave Ur for Canaan, did he first spent time in Haran (or Charran) because he was doubting the promise of God?
- What did Abram learn from the fact that he was not received kindly by the Canaanites, according to Calvin?
- According to Calvin, was it wrong for Abram to build an altar after God appeared to him in Canaan?
- After Abram arrived in Canaan, was he able to stay permanently in one place?
- Why did Abram and Sarai go to Egypt?
- What lie did Abram and Sarai tell to Pharaoh when they were in Egypt?
- According to Calvin, what was Abram’s motive for lying to Pharaoh about Sarai?
- Describe Abram’s financial situation when he left Egypt to return to Canaan.
- Why did Abram and Lot separate?
- Why did Lot choose the plain of the Jordan when he separated from Abram?
- When Ezekiel speaks of the men of Sodom, what sin does he point out as a reason for their destruction?
- Calvin concludes, regarding the fact that Abram left Lot and again moved to another place, “Let us therefore walk through the world, as persons debarred from all _______, who have no other resource than the mirror of the word.”