The Flawed Family of God

Stories about the Imperfect Families in Genesis

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Carolyn B. Helsel, Song-Mi Suzie Park
  • Louisville, KY: 
    Westminster John Knox
    , February
     150 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The best stories in the book of Genesis involve families. The issues these stories raise—married vs. single life, sibling rivalry, infertility, family relocation, blended families, and the like—are startlingly relevant to families of today. This Bible study examines the families of Genesis, starting with how the Adam and Eve story encompasses far more ways of being family than most of us think. It looks at the sibling rivalry of the Cain and Abel story, pointing to the jealousy and violence to which the whole human family seems addicted. It uses the ups and downs of the relationship between Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and Ishmael can help us understand the complicated dynamic of blended families. Carol Helsel and Suzie Park invite readers to consider these and many other connections as they reexamine the joys and complications of modern family life. 

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Carolyn B. Helsel is Associate Professor in the Blair Monie Distinguised Chair of Homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Song-Mi (Suzie) Park is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


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