Genesis is a Greek word meaning "origin", "source","generation", or "beginning".

The Hebrew title "Bereshith" means "In the beginning"

This first book of the Bible records the beginning of Creation in which it details how God created the heavens and the Earth and all that is in them.

It also records the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan and the fall of Man into sin, resulting in all of the pain and misery that mankind suffers today. But it also records the promise of God to put an end to Satan and his works by the coming of One who would defeat Satan and cleanse Man of sin forever.

Genesis carefully documents the destruction of the Earth by the Flood, and how Noah's descendants through his sons afterward spread over the Earth and created the races of Man that we have today.

It also details how God called Abraham and the promise that He would make a great nation (the future nation of Israel) from him, and that he would also be the father of many other nations as well. God prophesied that Israel would be strangers in Egypt for 430 years, but they would be brought out again to possess the land of Canaan.

The travels of Abraham are related, as well as the fiery destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by God because of their wickedness.

The life stories of Abraham's descendants are listed in graphic detail, culminating in the selling of Jacob's son Joseph into slavery in Egypt, and God's making Joseph second only to Pharaoh in power. Jacob moves his family to Egypt, beginning their 430 year stay as prophesied by God.

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