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Book of Genesis
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The first book of the Hebrew Bible. Narrates events starting with creation until Jacob’s death after his family settled in Egypt. Sets the stage for the book of Exodus. Outlines God’s relationship to the world and the whole created order, most notably through the people of Israel—the benefactors and bearers of the divine promise in the world. Also provides a genealogical backdrop for the people Israel, the main subject of Exodus and the rest of the Hebrew Bible.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Genesis, Book of
Genesis, Book of The first book of the Hebrew Bible. Narrates events starting with creation until Jacob’s death after his family settled in Egypt. Sets the stage for the book of Exodus. Outlines God’s relationship to the world and the whole created order, most notably through the people of Israel—the
Genesis, Book of, Critical Issues
Genesis, Book of, Critical Issues Details the coverage in Lexham Bible Dictionary related to additional scholarship on Genesis.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Genesis, Book of
GENESIS, BOOK OF. Genesis is the first book of the Hebrew Bible. The name of the book is derived from Genesis 2:4a in the Greek translation: “This is the book of the origins (geneseōs) of heaven and earth.” The book is called Genesis in the Septuagint, whence the name came into the Vulgate and eventually
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Genesis, Book of
GENESIS, BOOK OF First book of the Bible.PreviewNameAuthorDatePurposeStructureContentName The name Genesis comes into English as a transliteration of the Greek word meaning “origin” or “beginning.” This name was given to the book in the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, known
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Genesis, Book Of
Genesis (jen´uh-sis), book of, the first of the Five Books of Moses (the Torah) of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible); it is the first book of the Pentateuch of the Christian ot. The Hebrew name of the book is bereshit, meaning “in the beginning,” which is the first Hebrew phrase of the book. The English name
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Genesis
GENESIS. The first book of the Bible and the first book of Moses is named from the Gr. title given to it in consequence of its subject matter. The name means “beginnings,” or the name could refer to the genealogies which are so prominent in the early chapters (cf. Gen 2:4 and 5:1 with Mt 1:1). In Heb.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Genesis, Book of (Writing)
Genesis, Book of. †First book of the Old Testament and of the Law or Pentateuch.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Genesis, Book Of
GENESIS, BOOK OF The first book of the Bible. Genesis is known in the Hebrew as bĕrēʾšît, meaning “in the beginning.” The Greek Septuagint version calls the book genesis, meaning “origin” or “birth”; the Latin Vulgate and English versions follow the Septuagint. The title is apt: the book deals with
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Genesis, Book of
Genesis, Book of. The opening Book of the OT, and the first of the five Books of the *Pentateuch. The English title follows that of the *Septuagint (Greek) version, the Hebrew title (בְּרֵאשִׁית, ‘Bereshith’, i.e. ‘in the beginning’) being the first word of the text. The Book contains the story of
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