In the Genesis Bible Commentary Salvation Begins, Andrew Reid gives readers a framework for appreciating the Old Testament as Christian scripture. The book of Genesis was written for a world of fear. It was a world filled with gods and deities of all shapes, sizes and dispositions. We no longer worship the sun, the stars and mythical deities. Yet although the modern gods are largely material, social and ideological, they still pose threats. Genesis speaks to contemporary fears. It renews our hope for the future as we see God the Creator begin his salvation plan to redeem his world and his people.