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Genesis Intro

Intro
About the Book of Genesis
Genesis is the first book in the Bible. The word ‘Genesis’ means ‘beginning’.
Genesis is a book about things that happened a long time ago. It tells us about the lives of many important people. It tells us about the first humans, Adam and Eve and their descendants, Cain, Abel and Noah. It also tells us about Abraham and Sarah, and Abraham's sons, Isaac and Ishmael. It tells us about Jacob and how God changed his name to Israel. Jacob's sons became the ancestors of the 12 tribes of Israel. It tells us much about Joseph who was one of Jacob's sons.
The Book of Genesis also teaches us many important things that we need to know. It teaches us about the world, about ourselves, and about God.
It explains that God made the world. It tells us that God filled the world with beautiful plants and animals. It tells us that he made men and women. Everything that God made was very good.
It explains how the first man and woman refused to obey God. And it explains that everyone has trouble and pain because of this.
It also tells us about God's promise to forgive people and to bless them. And it tells us that God decided to send a special person to save people.
Intro
Genesis and the other “books of Moses” (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) introduce the continuous story of Israel running through the first quarter of the Bible. Genesis is traditionally attributed to Moses, the one who led the people of Israel out of Egypt.
Genesis explains how one nation comes to have a special role in God’s plan for all of humanity. Early on, the order and harmony of God’s good creation are overwhelmed by the destructive consequences of human rebellion and pride. The violence, injustice and suffering that follow lead God to condemn and restrain human wickedness through the judgment of the great flood. God then makes a covenant with Abraham and his descendants, providing an ongoing framework for the story. The family of Abraham—Israel—will be God’s chosen means to bring the nations back to himself. Genesis closes with Abraham’s descendants having grown into a league of large tribes, but they are not in the land God has promised them. So the story leads naturally into the books that follow.
The book is divided into twelve parts by eleven repetitions of the phrase this is the account of. Each section is about the life and family of the person named. These are woven together to document the story of human history and the beginning of God’s plan to restore humanity and their place in his world through Israel.