Genesis: The Beginning
Creation, Adam's Fall, Noah and the Flood, Babel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph.
Background: Written by Moses at the time of the Exodus (1446 BC), possibly using patriarchal records
Theme: Explains to the Israelites how they came to be in Egypt and their special covenant relationship with the LORD
Outline: Creation, the Fall, the Flood, Babel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph
Key Verse: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen 1:1, NIV)
Introduction: The title, 'Genesis', is from the Greek title, meaning 'begetting'. The Hebrew title is Bereshith, 'at the head' or 'in the beginning', from the first Hebrew word in the Bible. It is a fitting title for the 'Book of Beginnings'. Moses probably wrote this book following the Exodus, during the wilderness wanderings, beginning about 1446 B.C., although it is possible that he wrote it earlier in his life, prior to the Exodus. It covers a large time span, from the creation of the world to the death of Joseph (about 1800 B.C.). The book is to be read and considered in the context of the first five books of the Bible, the Penteteuch, all written by Moses.
Genesis was written to explain to the Hebrews how they came to be in Egypt, and the history of their covenant with God. It explains the beginnings of God's creation, and his dealing with people. After the fall of Adam and Eve into sin in the first chapters, the rest of the Bible is the story of redemption from sin. Genesis lays the basis for God to deal with a single family of mankind, the Hebrews, descended from Adam through Abraham.
Synopsis: In seven days, God created the heavens and the earth, and declared them to be good. In the sixth day, he created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, on the seventh day he rested. God commanded Adam not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge, but Satan tempted Eve and both Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate. This first sin caused spiritual and physical death for all mankind, and the story of redemption begins.
After the fall into sin, Cain kills Abel, and the domination of sin over mankind is traced to the time of Noah, when sin became so widespread that God sent a flood to destroy all mankind except for Noah and his family. After the flood, Noah's family was commanded to fill all the earth, but the descendants stayed together and built a large tower in Babel. God confused their languages, forcing them to separate.
God then chose a single man, Abram, to build a godly line or nation from. Abram left Ur and wandered through Canaan, modern Palestine, which was promised to his descendants forever. God established a covenant with Abraham based upon this promise. The covenant promise passed to Abraham's son, Isaac, and to Isaac's son, Jacob. Jacob, later named Israel, had twelve sons who became the nation of Israel.One son, Joseph, was sold by his brothers into slavery and he was taken to Egypt. From there he rose from rags to riches, eventually becoming the top advisor to Pharoah. In that position, he saved Egypt from starvation by preparing for a seven year famine, and also allowed Israel and the other eleven sons and families to live in Egypt during the famine.
Chapter Index: I have organized the 50 chapters of Genesis according to the outline above. Each chapter has a descriptive title, which is a link to a separate page which contains both the Scripture text from the World English Bible and my personal notes.
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Updated March 2012