As its name implies, Genesis is about beginnings. Genesis tells us that God created everything that exists. It shows that God is both the Creator and the Ruler of all creation. But it also tells of humanity’s tragic fall into sin and death, and of God’s unfolding plan of redemption through his covenant with Abraham and his descendants. Genesis includes some of the most memorable stories in the Bible, beginning with Adam and Eve (chs. 1-4), continuing through Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and ending with the life of Joseph (chs. 37-50), who died before 1600 b.c. Traditionally, Jews and Christians have recognized Moses as the author, writing after the Exodus from Egypt, commonly dated around 1440 b.c. though some prefer a date around 1260 b.c. (The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Gen). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)
Gen 1.1-2; Story; God creates the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, darkness over the deep, God hovered over waters
Gen 1.3-2.3; Story; The seven days of God speaking, naming and allocating tasks
1.3-5; Day 1; God creates light and separates it from darkness
1.6-8; Day 2; God creates land and separates it from the waters above and below
1.9-10; Day 3; God gathers the waters under the heavens so dry land appears
1.11-13; Day 3; God creates vegetation from the earth
1.14-19; Day 4; God creates the sun, moon and stars to separate day from night, signs, seasons and years.
1.20-23; Day 5; God creates living creatures of the air and sea, birds and fish.
1.24-25; Day 6; God creates living creates of the earth, livestock, creeping things and beasts
1.26-27; Day 6; God makes human beings in his image and gives them dominion over the air, water and earth.
1.28-31; Day 6; God blesses human beings and commands them to multiply, fill the earth and have dominion.
2.1-3; Day 7; God’s creation has finished his work and rests. He blesses the seventh day and makes it holy.
Gen 2.4; Story; The generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created in the day God made everything.
Gen 2.5-25; Story; Creation story retold.
2.5-6; No bush or small plant in the land because there was no rain. No man to work the land. A spring was watering the ground.
2.7; The LORD forms man from the dust and breathes into him the breath of life and he becomes a living creature.
2.8-9; The LORD God plants a garden in Eden and puts the man there. He makes trees grow. In the garden is the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
2.10-14; Description and names of rivers flowing around Eden.
2.15-17; The man is given the job of caring for the garden, given permission to eat of every tree but the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If he does so, in the day he eats he will die.
2.18-20; The LORD makes animal helpers for the man and the man names all animals brought to him. No animal helper was fit for him.
2.21-25; The LORD gives Adam a woman as a helper. Adam rejoices and husband-wife joining is described. The man and woman are butt naked and were not ashamed.
Gen 3.1-7; Sin-Story; Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and disobey God. They realise they are naked and make some clothes out of fig leaves (mans covering) for themselves.
Gen 3.8-13; Story; They are afraid of the LORD God. He questions Adam and Eve on their actions and they say their fear is based on their knowledge that they were naked. They tell the LORD they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Gen 3.14-15; Story; The LORD curses the Serpent
Gen 3.16; Story; The LORD curses the Woman
Gen 3.17-19; Story; The LORD curses the Man
Gen 3.20-24; Story; The LORD makes garments out of animal skins (God’s covering) for Adam and Eve and exiles them from the garden.
Gen 4.3-16; Story; Cain and Abel’s offerings, Cain kills Abel, God punishes and protects Cain
Gen 4.17-24; Story; Cain’s generations and Lamech
Gen 4.25-26; Story; Adam and Eve have Seth and people begin to call on the name of the LORD
Gen 5.1-3; Story; The generations of Adam. Adam father’s a son in his own likeness.
Gen 5.4-32; Story; Adams line, including Seth, Enoch and Noah
Gen 6.1-4; Story; The sons of God take wives and the LORD limits the time his Spirit abides in humanity
Gen 6.5-9; Story; The LORD is grieved at evil humanity, but Noah finds favour
Gen 6.9-10; Story; Noah’s generations. Noah is righteous man. He is blameless and walks with God. He has three sons.
Gen 6.11-22; Story; The LORD unveils his plans to destroy corrupt humanity and save Noah and his family
Gen 7.1; Story; The LORD instructs Noah to go into the ark, because he sees Noah as righteous
Gen 7.2-16; Story; Noah, his family and all the animals go into the ark. The LORD shuts them inside.
Gen 7.17-24; Story; The flood comes and everything dies.
Gen 8.1; Story; God remembers Noah and all the animals with him. God subsides the waters.
Gen 8.2-5; Story; The waters continue to drop and they can eventually see mountains again
Gen 8.6-12; Story; Noah sends out birds to see if the waters had subsided.
Gen 8.13-19; Story; The earth is now dry and God commands Noah and everyone else to leave the ark.
Gen 8.20-22; Story; Noah offers burnt offerings on an altar. The LORD smells the aroma and vows never again to curse the ground (Adam’s curse) and never again to strike down every living creature (Noah’s flood)
Gen 9.1-17; Story; God blesses, commands and warns Noah and his sons. God makes a rainbow covenant with Noah.
Gen 9.18-29; Story; Noah drinks and gets naked. Noah’s sons respond differently and are judged accordingly.
Gen 10.1-32; Story; The generations of Noah from which the nations spread over the earth after the flood.
Gen 11.1-9; Story; The people of the earth build a city and a tower and the LORD descends and scatters them.
Gen 11.10-26; Story; Shem’s descendants reaching to Terah and Abram.
Gen 11.27-32; Story; The generations of Terah introducing Abram and Lot.
Gen 12.1-3; Story; God makes covenant promises to Abraham
Gen 12.4-9; Story; Abram heads toward the land the LORD promised him
Gen 12.10-20; Story; Abram and Sarai pretend to be siblings, God protects them and they get found out
Gen 13.1-13; Story; Abram and Lot separate because of the size of their flocks. Lot goes to Sodom.
Gen 13.14-18; Story; The LORD reaffirms his promises to Abram
Gen 14.1-12; Story; Kings of the land battle one another and in the process capture Lot
Gen 14.13-16; Story; Abram and 318 trained men defeat the victor and rescue Lot
Gen 14.17-18; Story; The rescued king of Sodom and Melchizedek king of Salem meet Abram.
Gen 14.19-20; Story; Abram is blessed by and tithes to Melchizedek
Gen 14.21-24; Story; Abram and the king of Sodom negotiate what they took back
Gen 15.1-6; Story; The LORD reaffirms his promises to Abram. Abram believed God and his belief in the promise is counted as righteousness by the LORD.
Gen 15.7-21; Story; The LORD ratified the covenant and the promises he has made to Abram
Gen 16.1-6; Story-Sin; Sarai gives Abram her servant Hagar and she becomes pregnant
Gen 16.7-15; Story; The LORD protects Hagar and Ishmael
Gen 16.16; Story; Abram is noted to be eighty six years old
Gen 17.1-14; Law; When Abram is ninety nine years old, the LORD renews the covenant, renames Abram to Abraham, and issues the covenant obligation of circumcision
Gen 17.15-21; Story; God promises to establish his everlasting covenant with Isaac, not Ishmael
Gen 17.22-27; Story; Abraham circumcised his whole family
Gen 18.1-8; Story; The LORD appears to Abraham. Abraham prepares him food and refreshments.
Gen 18.9-15; Story; The LORD predicts that next year they will have a son. Sarah is caught laughing to herself in disbelief.
Gen 18.16-33; Story; Abraham intercedes repeatedly for the righteous in Sodom.
Gen 19.33-29; Story; God destroys Sodom
Gen 19.30-38; Story; Lots daughters sleep with Lot to continue their family lines
Gen 20.1-18; Story; Abraham does not say Sarah is his wife and God protects
Gen 21.1-7; Story; God is faithful and Isaac is born
Gen 21.8-21; Story; God protects Hagar and Ishmael after Abraham and Sarah removed them
Gen 21.22-34; Story; Abraham makes a covenant of peace with Abimelech
Gen 22.1-19; Story; Sacrifice of Isaac
Gen 22.20-24; Story; Abraham’s brother Nahor has children
Gen 23.1-20; Story; Sarah dies and Abraham buys a burying place from the Hittites
Gen 24.1-67; Abraham gets a wife for his son Isaac
Gen 25.1-11; Story; Abraham dies and is buried
Gen 25.12-18; Story; The Generations of Ishmael (Abraham’s son from Hagar)
Gen 25.19-28; Story; The Birth of Jacob and Esau
Gen 25.29-34; Story; Esau sells his birthright
Gen 26.1-5; Story; God renews his promises to Abraham’s offspring
Gen 26.6-11; Story; Isaac pretends Rebekah is his sister
Gen 26.12-22; Story; Isaac prospers under the Lords care
Gen 26.23-25; Story; Isaac calls upon the name of the LORD
Gen 26.26-33; Story; Abimelech makes a covenant of peace with Isaac
Gen 26.34-35; Story; Esau takes a foreign wife
Gen 27.1-40; Story; Jacob deceives Isaac for the blessing of firstborn
Gen 27.41-46; Story; Jacob flees his home to Laban at Haran
Gen 28.1-5; Story; Isaac continues to bless Jacob, warns him against taking a foreign wife
Gen 28.6-9; Story; Out of spite Esau takes a Canaanite for his wife
Gen 28.10-22; Story; God appears to Jacob in a dream and confirms the Abrahamic promises
Gen 29.1-30; Story; Jacob is deceived by Laban and serves fourteen years for Leah and Rachel
Gen 29.31-35; Story; Jacob bears children to Leah even though he prefers Rachel
Gen 30.1-24; Story; Rachel and Leah compete for more babies
Gen 30.25-43; Story; Jacob and Laban compete for a greater flock
Gen 31.1-21; Story; Jacob fears Laban and God commands Jacob to leave
Gen 31.22-42; Story; Laban pursues and catches Jacob
Gen 31.43-55; Story; Laban and Jacob make a covenant of peace
Gen 32.1-21; Story; Jacob prepares to meet Esau
Gen 32.22-32; Story; Jacob wrestles with God for his blessing
Gen 33.1-20; Story; Jacob meets Esau in peace
Gen 34.1-31; Story; Dinah is defiled and her brothers take revenge
Gen 35.1-15; Story; God blesses and renames Jacob to Israel
Gen 35.16-21; Story; Rachel, Jacob’s wife dies
Gen 35.22; Story; Reuben lay with his father’s concubine and Israel heard of it
Gen 35.23-26; Story; Recounting the number of Jacob’s sons
Gen 35.27-29; Story; Jacob returns to Isaac. Isaac dies and is buried by Jacob and Esau
Gen 36.1-42; Story; The generations of Esau
Gen 37.1-2a; Story; The generations of Jacob
Gen 37.2b-11; Story; Joseph’s dreams
Gen 37.12-36; Story; Joseph sold by his brothers
Gen 38.1-30; Story; Tamar pretends to be a prostitute to continue the family line
Gen 39.1-23; Story; Joseph resists potiphar’s wife and is thrown in prison
Gen 40.1-23; Story; Joseph interprets the dreams of two prisoners sowing seeds of his release
Gen 41.37-57; Story; Joseph rises to power and provides for people in famine
Gen 42.1-38; Story Josephs brothers travel to Egypt to purchase grain
Gen 43.1-34; Story; Josephs brothers return to Egypt and eat with Joseph
Gen 44.1-44; Story; Joseph tests his brothers
Gen 45.1-28; Story; Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, explains God’s purpose and provides
Gen 46.1-7; Story; God tells Jacob to go to Joseph in Egypt
Gen 46.8-27; Genealogy; The list of all Jacobs family
Gen 46.28-34; Story; Jacob and Joseph reunited
Gen 47.1-12; Story; Jacob meets and blessed Pharaoh
Gen 47.13-27; Story; Pharaoh amasses a great amount of wealth and power
Gen 47.28-31; Story; Joseph promises not to bury Jacob in Egypt, but with his fathers
Gen 48.1-22; Story; Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh, younger over the firstborn
Gen 49.1-27; Story; Jacob blessed his sons, recalls their past and predicts their future
Gen 49.28-33; Story; Jacob instructs his sons in his burial. Jacob is gathered to his people
Gen 50.1-14; Story; Joseph and his brothers with a large entourage bury Jacob in Canaan
Gen 50.15-21; Story; Joseph reassures his brothers of his and God’s good intentions
Gen 50.22-26; Story; Joseph reminds Israel of God’s promise and asks to rest in the same place as his fathers
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