Genesis Overview

Starlit skies, cascading waterfalls, towering mountain peaks . . . . How does one look at creation and not be amazed at God’s creative power? But with evolution smothering truth in most western schools, modern minds more likely ask: “How did I get here? Did God create the world? Or am I the result of a cosmic accident?”

Many theories abound on our origins, but only the Bible records a personal God who purposely created the universe and everything in it.

Genesis means “beginning” and sets the stage for the entire Bible. It records the origin of our world, human family, and civilization history from Creation to God choosing Israel as a nation through whom all nations would be blessed.

Creation Museum

The Creation Museum outlines seven major events in our history. The first four events are recorded in Genesis. The last three events result from God’s interventions to our disobedience:

  1. Creation
  2. Corruption
  3. Catastrophe
  4. Confusion
  5. Christ
  6. Cross
  7. Consummation
Interesting Facts about Genesis
  • Author: Moses
  • Date: Around 1450-1410 B.C.
  • Genesis covers more time than all 65 books in the Bible combined (about 2,400 years).
  • The first 11 chapters—from Creation, the fall, the flood, and establishing the nations—span more than 2,000 years and 1,500 miles in the Fertile Crescent.
  • 200 years span the middle section in Canaan (12-36).
  • Egypt dominates the final chapters (37-50) where God moves 70 people.
11 Accounts in Genesis:
  1. Introduction to the Generations 1:1-2:3
  2. Heaven and Earth, 2:4-4:26
  3. Adam, 5:1-6:8
  4. Noah, 6:9-9:29
  5. Sons of Noah, 10:1-11:9
  6. Shem, 11:10-26
  7. Terah, 11:27-25:11
  8. Ishmael, 25:12-18
  9. Isaac, 25:19-35:29
  10. Esau, 36:1-37:1
  11. Jacob and Sons, 37:2-50:26

God’s character, promises and faithfulness are woven into this historical account. Master of using ordinary people in extraordinary ways, God’s plans light our darkest moments.

Genesis is our history.

Genesis sparks hope.

For a creative summary of Genesis 1-11, see the following video.

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