The Book of Genesis stands as a crucial cornerstone of faith. This inspired text holds immense significance for all people, providing a foundation for understanding the origins of humanity, the natural world, and the relationships between God and humankind.

Composed of fifty chapters, Genesis unfolds a grand narrative that encompasses the creation of the universe, the emergence of life, and the early history of humanity. It spans from the beginning of time to the migration of the Israelites to Egypt. Through a rich collection stories and genealogies, Genesis delves into fundamental questions about the nature of existence, the complexities of human nature, and the divine purpose behind the world.

At the core of Genesis lies the literal account of creation: the unveiling of the emergence of light, land, plants, animals, and ultimately, humans. It reveals God's divine plan and order through the themes of stewardship, responsibility, and the sacredness of life. The book further presents the narratives of notable figures such as Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Great Flood, and the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Through their stories, Genesis explores timeless concepts of faith, obedience, sin, redemption, and the covenantal relationship between God and humanity.

PURPOSE: To reveal the Sovereign’s creation of the universe and to call out a people to worship Him.


ADDRESSEE: The Children of Israel

DATE: Approximately 1500 B.C.

SETTING: Middle East


  • Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
  • Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
  • Genesis 12:2-3, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

KEY PEOPLE: Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, Joseph


The content of Genesis is viewed from the perspective of seven great stories.

  1. The Story of Creation (1:1-2:3), God acts sovereignly over His creation.
  2. The Story of Adam (2:4-5:32), God allows sin's consequences.
  3. The Story of Noah (6:1-11:32), God judges sin, spares the righteous, and confuses the proud.
  4. The Story of Abraham (12:1-25:18), God rewards a life of faith.
  5. The Story of Isaac (25:19-28:9), God's will supersedes man's will.
  6. The Story of Jacob (28:10-36:43), God works to transform lives.
  7. The Story of Joseph (37:1-50:26), God turns seeming defeat into victory.


  1. General Creation
  2. Insight to Creation
  3. Man's Temptation and Fall
  4. Cain and Able
  5. Genealogy from Adam to Noah
  6. Building the Ark
  7. Worldwide Deluge
  8. The New World
  9. The Noachian Covenant
  10. Generations of Noah's Sons
  11. Confusion of Languages
  12. Abram's Call
  13. Lot's Departure
  14. Lot Abducted and Rescued; Melchizedek
  15. Son Promised to Abram
  16. Ishmael Born
  17. Abram to Abraham
  18. Intercession for Sodom
  19. Sodom Destroyed
  20. Abimelech
  21. Isaac Born; Ishmael Banished
  22. Isaac Offered
  23. Sarah's Death
  24. Rebekah
  25. Abraham's Death; Jacob's Birth
  26. Isaac in Gerar
  27. Esau's Birthright; Jacob's Blessing
  28. Jacob's Ladder
  29. Jacob's Marriages
  30. Jacob's Sons
  31. Jacob's Departure from Laban
  32. Jacob Becomes Israel
  33. Reunion of Jacob and Esau
  34. Shechemites
  35. Purging of Jacob's House
  36. Genealogy of Esau
  37. Joseph Sold Away
  38. Judah's Sons
  39. Joseph's Prison Ordeal
  40. Dreams of the Butler and Baker
  41. Pharoah's Dream; Joseph's Promotion
  42. First Trip to Egypt for Food
  43. Second Trip to Egypt for Food
  44. Benjamin Withheld
  45. Joseph Reveals Himself
  46. Israel Comes to Egypt
  47. Israel Protected; Famine Worsens
  48. Blessing of Joseph's Sons
  49. Israel Foretells His Sons' Futures
  50. Israel's Burial; Joseph's Death