Roadmap Genesis *Film Review*


Roadmap Genesis is an amazing documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis is a roadmap containing guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life – one that will help our society to lift itself up and out of its current decline and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment. So says filmmaker Nolan Lebovitz, who one day found himself at a crossroads in his life. He knew he had to choose between continuing to make the Hollywood thrillers which were his livelihood or changing course and trying to make the world a better place for his new young family. After much struggle, he found his answer in the Book of Genesis. He chose to combine his love for the Book of Genesis with his passion for filmmaking. He set out to travel the United States, interview clergy and public figures so as to build an undeniable argument about the importance of the Book of Genesis as a guiding force in our once strong Judeo-Christian country.




Nolan Lebovitz interviewed a wide variety of people from Jewish Rabbis, to Catholics, Protestants, and that guy walking along down the street. He clearly showed the decline of society, how far we have moved from the Judeo-Christian founding of this country; certainly we are going in a very different and dangerous direction.

Roadmap Genesis invites all faiths to engage in an honest and much needed discussion about the relevance of the Bible today. There are a variety of interviews within this film from Gov. Mike Huckabee to Rabbi David WolpeAlan Dershowitz to the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, Erick Stakelbeck of the Christian Broadcasting Network to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and so many more.  Within each one Nolan explores how God has ordained society, from the very beginning, for the greatest benefit to all.
My oldest son did watch some of this with me; I think he listened more as he played and drew and built.  This film is 1 hour 17 minutes; a bit long for my kiddos but it still managed to grab my oldest son’s attention a nmber of times (he is nine) and cause quite the discussion between he and I.  If it is so very important to the children for us to listen and obey (seeing the great need and wisdom God has given to us through His Word) certainly we need to rethink our path.
As a home educating family this is one of the greatest reasons we made the choice we did. As we read, as we watch the news each day, the decline in this country, it is so very sad. It is so very rapid. There is such a need for us to return to the fullness of His Word, to study to show ourselves as approved workmen of God. There is such a great purpose and blessing that comes from living and sharing His truth.  And it must begin at home. We must begin just as Deuteronomy 6:6:
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
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The Word Genesis is a transliteration of a Greek word meaning “origin,” “beginning” or “generation.” Thus in  Genesis 2:4:“haute he biblos geneseos ouranou kai ges,” means “This is the book of the generations of heaven and earth.”  The Hebrew Bible names the book after its first word, bere’shith, meaning “in the beginning.”  Both the Hebrew and Greek titles are appropriate for Genesis, the record of historical origins.

Without the book of Genesis, the rest of the Bible would make very little sense to us. After all, Genesis lays the foundation that allows us to begin to answer those deeper questions of life and the meaning of it all: Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where are we going?


How blessed are we to have such a loving and kind God that He provides the answers to these questions within the pages of the Bible. Genesis tells us all we need to know about the beginning of the world, civilization, how we ought to keep our families and nations, even sin and salvation. To understand this one book within the Bible, is surely the key to all that follows.


It is no accident that God is the subject of the first sentence of the Bible, for this word dominates the whole chapter…it is used some thirty-five times in as many verses of the story. The passage, indeed the Book, is about Him first of all; to read it with any other primary interest…is to misread it. (Derek Kidner, Genesis, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, p. 43)


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