Introduction to Genesis: The book of Genesis chronicles the creation of the world—the universe and the earth. It reveals the plan within God’s heart to have a people of his very own, set apart to worship him.
Date Written: 1450-1410 B.C.
Written To: The people of Israel.
Landscape: Genesis is set in the Middle East region. Places in Genesis include: The Garden of Eden, the Mountains of Ararat, Babel, Ur, Haran, Shechem, Hebron, Beersheba, Bethel and Egypt.
Themes: Genesis is the book of beginnings. The word means “origins” or “beginnings.” It sets the stage for the rest of the Bible, telling us God’s plan for his creation. Genesis reveals the nature of God as Creator and Redeemer; the value of a human life – created in God’s image and for his purpose; the terrible consequences of disobedience and sin – separating man from God; and the wonderful promise of salvation and forgiveness through the coming Messiah.
Key Characters: Adam and Eve , Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, Joseph.