Genesis

Genesis (Jen´uh-sis)

The first book of the Bible; it is the narrative account of both the world’s and Israel’s inception. The book divides into two major sections, the primeval or world history in Genesis 1–11 and the family history of Israel’s ancestors in chapters 12–50.

Outline of Contents

Genesis

I. Primeval history: creation and human history (Gen 1:1-11:32)

A. Creation and its goodness (Gen 1:1-2:25)

11 Creation of the world (Gen 1:1-2:4)

12. Creation of man and woman (Gen 2:4-25 cf. Gen 1:26-27)

B. Creation gone awry (Gen 3:1-4:16)

11. Disobedience in the Garden (Gen 3:1-24)

12. Strife among brothers (Gen 4:1-16)

C. Life before the Flood (Gen 4:17-6:4)

D. The Flood story (Gen 6:5-9:29)

11. Human corruption and divine resolve (Gen 6:5-22)

12. The coming of the Flood (Gen 7:1-24)

13. The resolution of the Flood (Gen 8:1-22)

14. The covenant of the rainbow (Gen 9:1-17)

15. The family of Noah (Gen 9:18-29)

E. The generations of the sons of Noah (Gen 10:1-32)

F. The Tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9)

G. The generations of Shem (Gen 11:10-32)

II. The family history of Israel’s ancestors (Gen 12:1-50:26)

A. Stories of Abraham and Sarah (Gen 12:1-25:18)

11. The initial call and promise (Gen 12:1-9)

12. At residence in Egypt (Gen 12:10-20)

13. Division of the land with Lot (Gen 13:1-18)

14. Victory over the kings (Gen 14:1-24)

15. The covenant of land and progeny (Gen 15:1-21)

16. Sarah and Hagar (Gen 16:1-16)

17. The covenant of circumcision (Gen 17:1-27)

18. The promise of a son (Gen 18:1-15)

19. Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 18:16-19:38)

10. At residence in Gerar (Gen 20:1-18)

11. Isaac’s birth and Hagar’s dismissal (Gen 21:1-21)

12. The covenant at Beer-sheba (Gen 21:22-34)

13 The testing of Abraham (Gen 22:1-24)

14. The death of Sarah (Gen 23:1-20)

15. The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah (Gen 24:1-67)

16. Abraham’s genealogy and death (Gen 25:1-18)

B. Stories of Isaac and Jacob (Gen 25:19-36:43)

11. The birth of Jacob and Esau (Gen 25:19-34)

12. At residence in Gerar (Gen 26:1-30)

13. The blessings of Jacob and Esau (Gen 27:1-40)

14. Jacob’s journeys and residence in Haran (Gen 27:41-31:55)

15. Jacob and Esau reconciled (Gen 32:1-33:20)

16. Jacob’s children at Shechem (Gen 34:1-31)

17. Various Jacob traditions (Gen 35:1-29)

18. The descendants of Esau (Gen 36:1-43)

C. The story of Jacob’s sons: Joseph and his brothers (Gen 37:1-50:26)

11. Joseph’s dream and trouble (Gen 37:1-36)

12. Judah and Tamar (Gen 38:1-30)

13. Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt (Gen 39:1-41:57)

14. Joseph and his brothers (Gen 42:1-44:34)

15. Joseph’s self-disclosure (Gen 45:1-28)

16. Jacob’s settlement in Egypt (Gen 46:1-47:26)

17. The blessing and last days of Jacob (Gen 47:27-50:14)

18. Joseph forgives his brothers (Gen 50:15-21)

19. Joseph’s last days (Gen 50:22-26)

Gen 1:1-11:32

Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath
1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face o ... View more

Gen 1:1-2:25

Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath
1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face o ... View more

Gen 1:1-2:4

Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath
1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face o ... View more

Gen 2:4-25

4These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
Another Account of the Creation
In the day that the Lord God made the earth and ... View more

Gen 1:26-27

26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the ... View more

Gen 3:1-4:16

The First Sin and Its Punishment
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘Yo ... View more

Gen 3:1-24

The First Sin and Its Punishment
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘Yo ... View more

Gen 4:1-16

Cain Murders Abel
1Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.”2Next she bore his ... View more

Gen 4:17-6:4

Beginnings of Civilization
17Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city, and named it Enoch after his son Enoch.18To Enoch was bo ... View more

Gen 6:5-9:29

5The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.6And ... View more

Gen 6:5-22

5The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.6And ... View more

Gen 7:1-24

The Great Flood
1Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this genera ... View more

Gen 8:1-22

The Flood Subsides
1But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over t ... View more

Gen 9:1-17

The Covenant with Noah
1God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.2The fear and dread of you shall rest on ... View more

Gen 9:18-29

Noah and His Sons
18The sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan.19These three were the sons of Noah; and ... View more

Gen 10:1-32

Nations Descended from Noah
1These are the descendants of Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth; children were born to them after the flood.2The descendants of Ja ... View more

Gen 11:1-9

The Tower of Babel
1Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.2And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar an ... View more

Gen 11:10-32

Descendants of Shem
10These are the descendants of Shem. When Shem was one hundred years old, he became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood;11and ... View more

Gen 12:1-50:26

The Call of Abram
1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.2I will make of y ... View more

Gen 12:1-25:18

The Call of Abram
1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.2I will make of y ... View more

Gen 12:1-9

The Call of Abram
1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.2I will make of y ... View more

Gen 12:10-20

Abram and Sarai in Egypt
10Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to reside there as an alien, for the famine was severe in the land.11 ... View more

Gen 13:1-18

Abram and Lot Separate
1So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.2Now Abram was very rich in livestoc ... View more

Gen 14:1-24

Lot's Captivity and Rescue
1In the days of King Amraphel of Shinar, King Arioch of Ellasar, King Chedorlaomer of Elam, and King Tidal of Goiim,2these kings made ... View more

Gen 15:1-21

God's Covenant with Abram
1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be v ... View more

Gen 16:1-16

The Birth of Ishmael
1Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar,2and Sarai said to Abram, “You see that ... View more

Gen 17:1-27

The Sign of the Covenant
1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameles ... View more

Gen 18:1-15

A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah
1The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.2He looked ... View more

Gen 18:16-19:38

Judgment Pronounced on Sodom
16Then the men set out from there, and they looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to set them on their way.17The Lord sai ... View more

Gen 20:1-18

Abraham and Sarah at Gerar
1From there Abraham journeyed toward the region of the Negeb, and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While residing in Gerar as an alie ... View more

Gen 21:1-21

The Birth of Isaac
1The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised.2Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old a ... View more

Gen 21:22-34

Abraham and Abimelech Make a Covenant
22At that time Abimelech, with Phicol the commander of his army, said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do;23no ... View more

Gen 22:1-24

The Command to Sacrifice Isaac
1After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”2He said, “Take your son, your only s ... View more

Gen 23:1-20

Sarah's Death and Burial
1Sarah lived one hundred twenty-seven years; this was the length of Sarah's life.2And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in t ... View more

Gen 24:1-67

The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah
1Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.2Abraham said to his servant, the ... View more

Gen 25:1-18

Abraham Marries Keturah
1Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah.2She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.3Jokshan was the fath ... View more

Gen 25:19-36:43

The Birth and Youth of Esau and Jacob
19These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham was the father of Isaac,20and Isaac was forty years old when ... View more

Gen 25:19-34

The Birth and Youth of Esau and Jacob
19These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham was the father of Isaac,20and Isaac was forty years old when ... View more

Gen 26:1-30

Isaac and Abimelech
1Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to King Ab ... View more

Gen 27:1-40

Isaac Blesses Jacob
1When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called his elder son Esau and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, ... View more

Gen 27:41-31:55

Jacob Escapes Esau's Fury
41Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning ... View more

Gen 32:1-33:20

1Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him;2and when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God's camp!” So he called that place Mahanaim.Jacob Sends Presen ... View more

Gen 34:1-31

The Rape of Dinah
1Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the region.2When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, ... View more

Gen 35:1-29

Jacob Returns to Bethel
1God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel, and settle there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from you ... View more

Gen 36:1-43

Esau's Descendants
1These are the descendants of Esau (that is, Edom).2Esau took his wives from the Canaanites: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, Oholibamah da ... View more

Gen 37:1-50:26

Joseph Dreams of Greatness
1Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan.2This is the story of the family of Jacob.
Jose ... View more

Gen 37:1-36

Joseph Dreams of Greatness
1Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan.2This is the story of the family of Jacob.
Jose ... View more

Gen 38:1-30

Judah and Tamar
1It happened at that time that Judah went down from his brothers and settled near a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah.2There Judah saw the ... View more

Gen 39:1-41:57

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
1Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the ... View more

Gen 42:1-44:34

Joseph's Brothers Go to Egypt
1When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you keep looking at one another?2I have heard,” he ... View more

Gen 45:1-28

Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers
1Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away fro ... View more

Gen 46:1-47:26

Jacob Brings His Whole Family to Egypt
1When Israel set out on his journey with all that he had and came to Beer-sheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his ... View more

Gen 47:27-50:14

The Last Days of Jacob
27Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the region of Goshen; and they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied ... View more

Gen 50:15-21

Joseph Forgives His Brothers
15Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph's brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in ... View more

Gen 50:22-26

Joseph's Last Days and Death
22So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father's household; and Joseph lived one hundred ten years.23Joseph saw Ephraim's childre ... View more

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