The word Genesis means "beginning". In the first three chapters of the book that "begins" the bible, we find the beginning of the universe, the beginning of the earth and the beginning of the human race. After that, Genesis goes on to tell of a great flood and a new beginning for humans and then of new languages for humans.
The purpose of the book of Genesis was to record God’s creation of the world and the people in it and how He had planned to set His people apart to worship Him. Although it doesn’t come right out and say, it was most likely written by Moses and it was written to the people of Israel – probably some time after Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt – between 1440 and 1400 B.C. The setting was in the Middle East, starting in Eden and ending in Canaan.
Genesis can be divided into two sections: Primitive History and Patriarchal History.
PRIMITIVE HISTORY RECORDS:
The Creation (Genesis chapters 1-2)
The Fall of man (Genesis chapters 3-5)
The Flood (Genesis chapters 6-9)
The Dispersion (Genesis chapters 10-11).
PATRIARCHAL HISTORY RECORDS - the lives of 4 men:
Abraham (Genesis 12-25:8)
Isaac (Genesis 21:1-35-29)
Jacob (Genesis 25:21-50:14)
Joseph (Genesis 30:22-50:26)
The doctrines of creation.
The imputations of sin
The beginning of the universe –
The earth –
God’s plan of salvation
As well as many other important realities
Some of the key people in Genesis are:
His 11 brothers
Creation – Ch. 1-2
First sin – Ch. 3
The flood – Ch. 6-8
The Tower of Babel – Ch. 11
God’s Covenant with Abraham – Chapters 12, 15, 17
Abraham is tested – Ch. 22
Jacob wrestles with God – Ch. 32
Joseph sold by his brothers – Ch. 37
Jacob goes to Egypt – Ch. 46
Jacob blesses his sons and dies – Ch. 49
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Genesis 3:15, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Genesis 12:2-3, "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
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