Genesis 1-11

Genesis 1-11

The Bible without Genesis would be, in the words of one writer, “like a building without a ground floor or a bridge with no support.” Certainly, it would be hard to overstate the importance of the book of Genesis, and especially the first 11 chapters.   Genesis is, in some ways, the most important book ever written and without it so much of the rest of the Bible would be unintelligible.  Here we have an indispensable introduction to the Bible as a whole and some foundation stones of truth are clearly laid down. Almost every biblical doctrine can, in some sense be traced back to the opening pages of Genesis, which is why it is so important to study these chapters and grasp something of their enormous significance.

Genesis is quoted from over 200 times in the New Testament. In fact, chapters 1-11 are quoted more than 100 times in the New Testament. It’s not just mentioned, but you’ll find it being quoted word for word over 165 times in the New Testament. Here we have the origins of everything we know and are familiar with – the universe, life, death, sin, marriage, families, covenants, languages, nations, cities, cultures, religions, redemption and even such basic elements of life such as clothing.

This class is taught, both in person at the College’s base in Broxburn, West Lothian, or you can join virtually over zoom And because all sessions are recorded, if the live teaching time doesn’t suit you, registered students can access and watch them at a convenient time of their own choosing.

There are two ways to get involved:

  • You can audit the course – simply taking part, enjoying the teaching and online fellowship, and benefitting from lots of notes and materials
  • you can submit assessments – completing an assignment for marking and gaining EBC study credits

The course starts on Wednesday 5th October 2022 and runs from 9.30 – 10.30am each Wednesday morning during College term time. Specific dates will be provided.

The cost is:

  • auditing option: £63 (9 sessions @ £7 per session)
  • assessments option: £90 (9 sessions @ £10 per session)

Please note that fees must be paid in advance. Registration is essential and can be done here.

If you have any questions or want more information, please email

You can download a Module Description: here

Course Tutor:

Pastor John Brand DipTH

EBC Director of Training

John was born to missionary parents in India and trusted Christ for salvation while at boarding school there at the age of 11.  He later trained at the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow, and then, for 12 years, pastored two Independent Evangelical churches, one in the inner city of London and then one in Liverpool, during some of which time he also served on the UK Council of Africa Inland Mission International (AIM). In 1993 he took on the role of AIM’s Director for Scotland, becoming Director for UK and Europe in 1999. During his 8 years in this position he exercised a Bible teaching ministry throughout UK and Europe and made regular visits to many of AIM’s fields of service in Africa where he was involved in ministering to missionaries and nationals. Married to Caroline and with two grown up sons and two grand-daughters, John is Pastor of Grace Community Church, Broxburn, contributes book reviews and articles to Christian publications, and is author of three books – A Concise Chronology of the Bible, The Bible as it Happened and Mission Matters, which has also been published in Romanian. In the little spare time he has, he enjoys reading, walking and family history research.