The first time you open a Mobile Ed course, it shocks you. I’ve been a Logos user for nearly a decade and I was not used to seeing video in the platform. Once you discover the navigation, however, you quickly see the value in that crisp, clean layout. But it’s not just the video that’s shocking. It’s spectacular to think that even when I finish this course, I’ll have a fully searchable transcript to use the next time I’m preparing a sermon or doing research for a paper. This takes the concept of class notes to a whole new level. It really rounds out your Logos library. And it was time for me to take this exciting new platform for a spin.
Study Genesis with John Walton
I have always admired Dr. John Walton. He’s a well-known scholar and respected in his field. So it was great to see him as one of the faculty. I picked his course, OT301: Origins of Genesis 1-3 because I have had an interest in Genesis since seminary, where one of my favorite professors had written his dissertation on Genesis 1-11. He argued that Genesis formed the conceptual building blocks for understanding the rest of Scripture. And I agree. But, like those of you who are looking at seminary in the rear-view mirror know, sometimes you need a refresher.
John Walton presents familiar ideas but he takes them a level deeper in his course. For example, Unit 2 delves into the Bible’s Ancient Near Eastern context, something I’m a bit rusty on. His insight is especially valuable in communicating the Israelite mindset. When you’re speaking with 21st century Christians it can be helpful to remind them that the Israelites had never seen the earth from space. They had no concept of this big blue ball. The description found in Genesis 1 makes much more sense this way.
Obviously, there is more I could be reading about this topic. Knowing this, the course designers have taken care to select several additional readings for each section to help me round out my understanding. I’m not finished yet, but so far, the course has been incredible.
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