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Summary: Synopsis of the Book of Genesis

A Jet Tour Thru GENESIS

I. The NAME of the Book - GENESIS

A. Origin of the Name - Gr. Gennao - Heb. Toldah -Beginnings, family history, birth, roots

B. Meaning of the Name - Origin, Beginnings,

C. Usage of the Name -

1. 2:4 - The Generations of Heaven & Earth

2. 5:1 - The Generations of Adam

3. 6:9 - The Generations of Noah

4. 10:1 - The Generations of Sons of Noah

5. 11:10 - The Generations of Shem

6. 11:27 - The Generations of Terah

7. 25:12 – The Generations of Ishmael

8. 25:19 - The Generations of Isaac

9. 36:1 - The Generations of Esau

10. 7:2 - The Generations of Jacob

II. The AUTHOR of the Book - MOSES

A. Not stated internally

B. Referred to in the NT as being among the Books of Moses (Luke. 24:27, 44; Acts 28:23 (quickview) ) {Biographical information on Moses will be included in the lesson on Exodus.}

C. Sources of the author’s information

1. Inspiration (2 Tim. 3:16)

2. Oral Tradition

III. The RECIPIENTS of the Book – The NATION of ISRAEL

A. All OT writers were Hebrews

B. All OT Books were written specifically to the Jewish people

IV. The DATE of the Book

A. Having Moses as its author dates the writing of the Book at about 1440 B.C.

B. The content of the book covers the history of mankind from Adam to Joseph, approximately 2400 years.

V. The KEYS to the Book

A. The key verses - 1:1; 3:15

B. The key words:

1. Begat - 67

2. Seed - 58

3. Generation - 21-

4. Begin – 12

VI. The PURPOSE of the Book

A. To establish that God is creator of all things (1:1)

B. To give an account of the Creation of all things (1:1-2:7)

C. To reveal the origin and early development of the message of Divine Redemption.

D. To show the origin of all nations.

E. To establish the choice of the Hebrew nation as God’s chosen people through whom He would bring the Redeemer of all mankind.

VII. The OUTLINE of the Book

A. The Origin of the Universe - 4 Great Events

1. Creation (Ch. 1-2)

2. Fall (Ch. 3-5)

3. Flood (Ch. 6-9)

4. Confusion of Tongues (Ch. 10-11)

B. The Origin of the Hebrew Nation - 4 Great Men

1. Abraham (Ch. 12-21)

2. Isaac (Ch. 22-27)

3. Jacob (Ch. 28-38)

4. Joseph (Ch. 39-50)

VIII. The PRESENTATION of Christ in Genesis

A. Christ presented in prophecies:

1. Seed of the Woman (3:15)

2. The Lamb (22:8)

3. Coming of Shiloh (49:10)

B. Christ Presented in Types

1. Coats of Skin (3:21)

2. Sacrifice of Abel (4:4)

3. Ark (6:14; 7:16)

4. Melchizedek (14:17-24)

5. Isaac (17:6-7)

6. Ram (22:13)

7. Ladder to Heaven (28:12)

8. Joseph (50:20)

IX. PRACTICAL LESSONS From Genesis

A. I have been created by God. (Gen. 1:27, 31; Ps. 139:13-16)

B. I have been corrupted by sin (Gen. 6:5; Rom. 3:23)

C. I have been cleansed by sacrificial blood (Gen. 3:21; 4:4; Heb. 9:22)


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