From the expulsion from Eden to the scattering at Babel, this talk will take us on a journey through Genesis showing that these moments were not punishments but rather God attempting to thrust human beings back into life: from sterility in the garden to creativity in the harsh world and from uniformity at Babel to a dispersion and plurality throughout the world. Biblical figures such as Cain, Hagar, Ishmael, and Esau, have been seen as rejected for some reason (by their own doing or that of others), but interestingly they are also deeply cared for by God. Our journey through Genesis will use those two keys moments at Eden and Babel to expound on God’s care for us, particularly in times of difficulty. The richness of these scriptural figures can give us a new voice with a message for our world today!
Fr. Mike Kolarcik, S.J. is a professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Regis College, part of the Toronto School of Theology, at the University of Toronto. His scriptural study and teaching interests have focused on the Psalms, Genesis, Job, the Prophets and the Wisdom of Solomon.
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