Genesis is the first book of the Pentateuch. The English title is derived from the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament), which is derived from of the Greek. Genesis means "the origin, source, creation, or coming into being of something" (also "beginning").
Tradition states that Moses is the author, as he is credited with authoring the other books of the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch is Genesis through Deuteronomy. It is also possible (and a bit more likely) that the stories and laws were passed down via oral tradition and then written, with many different authors contributing to the text, with authorship suggested around 1446 to 1406 b.c.. Strictly speaking, Genesis is an anonymous work. If the author/editor was Moses, the date of authorship is suggested to be about 550 b.c.
Genesis is concerned with origins- of the world, of human beings, and of Israel and its ancestors. Creation and the origin of the “specialness” of the tribe of Israel (as demonstrated by the tracing of the genealogy from Adam to Jacob) are the main themes of the book.
The beginning of "salvation" is also a theme of Genesis, one which repeats throughout the Bible. Salvation includes: sin and grace, wrath and mercy, along with the idea of a covenant with God leading to redemption.
2166-1991 b.c.- Abraham’s life
2070 b.c.- Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed
2066-1886 b.c.- Isaac’s life
2006-1859 b.c.- Jacob’s life
1915-1805 b.c.- Joseph’s life
Outline (short version):
I. Primeval History: Four Great Events (1:1-11:26)
---A. The Creation of the Universe; Adam and Eve (1-2)
---B. The Fall and the Results of Sin (3-5)
---C. The Flood (6-9)
---D. The Scattering of the Nations (10:1-11:26)
II. Patriarchal History: Four Great Characters (11:27-50:26)
---A. Abraham (11:27-20:18)
---B. Isaac (21-26)
---C. Jacob (27:1-37:1)
---D. Joseph (37:2-50:26)
Outline (long version):
Part 1: Primeval History (1:1-11:9)
I. The Creation (1:1-2:25)
---A. Creation of the World (1:1-2:3)
---B. Creation of Man (2:4-2:25)
II. The Fall (3:1-5:32)
---A. The Fall of Man (3:1-3:24)
---B. After the Fall (4:1-5:32)
III. The Judgment of the Flood (6:1-9:29)
---A. Causes of the Flood (6:1-6:5)
---B. Judgment of the Flood (6:6-6:22)
---C. The Flood (7:1-8:19)
---D. Results of the Flood (8:20-9:17)
---E. After the Flood: The Sin of the Godly Line (9:18-9:29)
IV. The Judgment of the Tower of Babel (10:1-11:9)
---A. Family Lines after the Flood (10:1-10:32)
---B. Judgment on all the Family Lines (11:1-11:9)
Part 2: Patriarchal History (11:10-50:26)
I. The Life of Abraham (11:10-25:18)
---A. Introduction of Abram (11:10-11:32)
---B. The Covenant of God with Abram (12:1-25:18)
------1. Initiation of the Covenant (12:1-12:20)
------2. Separation of the Covenant (13:1-14:24)
------3. Ratification of the Covenant (15:1-16:16)
------4. Institution of the Covenant: Circumcision (17:1-17:27)
------5. Testing of the Covenant (18:1-20:18)
------6. Consummation of the Covenant (21:1-25:18)
II. The Life of Isaac (25:19-26:35)
---A. The Family of Isaac (25:19-25:34)
---B. The Failure of Isaac (26:1-26:33)
---C. The Failure of Esau (26:34-26:35)
III. The Life of Jacob (27:1-36:43)
---A. Jacob Gains Esau's Blessing (27:1-28:9)
---B. Jacob's Life at Haran (28:10-31:55)
---C. Jacob's Return (32:1-33:20)
---D. Jacob's Residence in Canaan (34:1-35:29)
---E. The History of Esau (36:1-36:43)
IV. The Life of Joseph (37:1-50:26)
---A. The Corruption of Joseph's Family (37:1-38:30)
---B. The Exaltation of Joseph (39:1-41:57)
---C. The Salvation of Jacob's Family (42:1-50:26)
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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