Introduction to the Book of Genesis

AUTHOR: While many point to Moses as the author of Genesis, many scholars debate this and wonder if it was a compilation of authors.

TIME PERIOD: The wilderness wanderings date back to late in the 15th century or early in the 13th century BC.

PURPOSE: To provide a detailed record from the time of creation to God’s preservation of Joseph. In-between, we see God chosing Abram (or Abraham) to be the patriarch of His people, adn we learn about his descendents. We are also taught the foundational truths that the Bible is built upon.

THREE PARTS TO THE BOOK OF GENESIS

  1. Genesis 1-11: Creation to the death of Terah, the father of Abraham
  2. Genesis 12-36: History of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.
  3. Genesis 37-50: History of Joseph

Genesis is a book of beginnings. Resolve today to turn the page and open a new beginning in some aspect of your life, whether it’s a new leaf in a relationship or finding God’s purpose for your life. We are created to know Him. Spend these days knowing God from the beginning, and share your knowledge and thoughts here. May God be with you and teach you throughout the upcoming year.

Thus, we begin with hope and love, then disaster strikes and sin is brought into the world. Then God chose a man to redeem humanity through His Son.

People We’ll Meet in Genesis

  • Adam and Eve
  • Abraham
  • Sarah
  • Jacob
  • Esau
  • Cain and Abel
  • Lot
  • Isaac
  • Laban
  • Joseph
  • Noah
  • Ishmael
  • Rebekah
  • Rachel

God picks you up right where you are at and carries you forward. Where is He doing this for you today?

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