Free Bible Commentary


How It All Began:
Genesis 1-11

By Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics (Biblical interpretation)


Brief Explanations of the Technical Resources used in This Commentary

Brief Definitions of Hebrew Verbal Forms that Impact Exegesis

Abbreviations Used in This Commentary

A Word From the Author: How Can This Commentary Help You?

A Guide to Good Bible Reading: A Personal Search for Verifiable Truth


Opening Statements on the Study of Genesis

Introduction to Genesis

Genesis 1:1-2:3

Genesis 2:4-25

Genesis 3:1-24

Genesis 4:1-26

Genesis 5

Genesis 6:1-22

Genesis 7

Genesis 8:1-22

Genesis 9:1-29

Genesis 10:1-32

Genesis 11:1-32


Old Testament as History

Old Testament Historical Narratives

Old Testament Historiography Compared with Contemporary Near Eastern Culture

Old Testament Timeline

Doctrinal Statement


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The primary biblical text used in this commentary is: New American Standard Bible (Update, 1995) Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, P. O. Box 2279, La Habra, CA 90632-2279.