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The Holy Bible, New International Version
Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society
New Women of Color Study Bible
Copyright 2006 by The Zondervan Corporation
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Published by Zondervan
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O V E R V I E W:
The fi rst book of the Bible, Genesis, covers the period from God's creation of the heavens and the earth through
the Israelites' entrance into Egypt.
In both Greek and Hebrew, the fi rst word of this book means 'beginning'--and Genesis records a number of
beginnings: the universe, the earth, plants, animals, humankind, sin, judgment, redemption and more. While many
times listed as secondary players in the drama of Genesis, women play key roles in the book of beginnings and
often shed light on the humanness of God's chosen people.
Adam and Eve fail the test of obedience to God, and they each incur different consequences. God tells Adam
that the ground will be cursed because of his actions. And God announces to Eve that she will have 'pains in
childbearing.' Both consequences are evident then and now!
The Hebrew nation begins with the call of Abram (later renamed Abraham) (see Ge. 12). His wife, Sarai, renamed
Sarah, serves as the matriarch of the Hebrew race. God will use the Hebrews to introduce salvation to the
humanity. He rewards the elderly Abraham's faith with the birth of his second son, Isaac. Sarah is overjoyed
and laughs with delight (see Ge 21:6). Isaac grows up and marries Rebekah. After a struggle with infertility, God
blesses the couple with twin sons---Jacob and Esau. God selects the younger twin, Jacob (later renamed Israel)
to become the progenitor of the Covenant people---the Israelites. Jacob and his wives---Leah and Rachel---and
their servants---Zilpah and Bilhah---have a total of 12 sons and one daughter. The book climaxes with Israel and
his family in Egypt where God uses one son, Joseph, to provide for their survival; from this family comes the 12
tribes of Israel.
A U T H O R : M O S E S
Although the authorship of the entire Pentateuch (the fi rst fi ve books: Genesis---Deuteronomy) has been challenged
during the last quarter of a century, there is no compelling reason to deny the traditional view: These books were
the work of Moses, who lived at the time of the Israelite exodus from Egypt. Many scholars believe God's divine
revelation enabled Moses to write about the parts of the Pentateuch he did not live through (Genesis and the latter
parts of Deuteronomy). Aside from the internal and external information confi rming Mosaic authorship, there are
confi rming statements made by the Lord Jesus. On one occasion Jesus stated, 'For Moses said...' (Mk 7:10
quoting Ex 20:12), and on another occasion he stated, 'What did Moses command you?' (Mk 10:3 referring to Dt
24:1--4). To affi rm that Moses is the author of the Pentateuch neither rules out assistance from other persons, nor
Moses' use of outside material, and the possibility of later updates by others.
Genesis? Book Intro D A T E :
While some scholars date the Israelite departure from Egypt at around 1225 B.C., most accept the
date to be earlier, sometime around 1446 B.C. Thus, the book of Genesis is believed to have been
composed between the Exodus and the entrance of the Israelites into the land of Canaan 40 years
later, around 1406 B.C.
O U T L N E :
The phrase, 'the generations of,' repeated 11 times, points us to the outline of the book of Genesis.
This phrase can be understood as the 'record' or 'story of.'
I. The Story of Creation (Gen. 1---2:3)
II. The Story of Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:4---4)
III. The Story of Adam's Descendants (Gen. 5---6:8)
IV. The Story of Noah (Gen. 6:9---9:17)
V. The Story of Noah's Sons (9:18-11:9)
VI. The Story of Shem's Descendants (Gen. 11:10-26)
VI. The Story of Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 11:27---25:11)
VII. The Story of Ishmael, Hagar's son (Gen. 25:12-18)
VIII. The Story of Isaac and Rebekah (Gen. 25:19---27:40)
IX. The Story of Esau, Jacob, Leah and Rachel (Gen. 27:41-33:20)
X. The Story of Dinah and the Shechemites (Gen. 34:1-31)
XI. The Story of Jacob, Esau and Joseph continued (Gen. 35---37:36)
XII. The Story of Judah and Tamar (Gen. 38:1-30)
XIII. The Completion of the story of Joseph (Gen. 39-50)
S C A N N A B L E F A C T S :
Time written: 1446 to 1406 B.C.
Key Themes: Creation, Flood, Beginning of the Hebrew Nation
Key Women: Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah
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1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly
realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the
world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons
through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--- 6to the praise of his glorious
grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Bible -- Devotional use.
African American women -- Religious life.