The book Genesis, as its title suggests, deals with the 'beginnings' - the Creation, the early history of Israel and mankind's approach and response to a loving God who first finds mankind and reveals His name and nature.
Some of the most beautiful and profound passages in the Bible
are contained in this book. The myths, legends and history contained
in it are deservedly as popular today as they ever were.
Genesis 1 to 4 v.16
The story of the Tower of Babel has interesting and valuable insights
particularly in reference to the Christian observance of the Feast
The full account of the early days of Abram are lost in the mists
of time but the account of his call and departure from Haran shows
the importance of Abram as the 'Father of the Nation of Israel'.
God's gracious promises to His people are enshrined in a 'Covenant'
to which generations of Jews have looked back and which they hold
is still binding.
The gripping story of the near-sacrifice of Isaac is for many
Christian people linked with the account of the Cross of Christ.
We include the charming story of Isaac (Abram's son) and Rebekah
but omit the further details of Abram's descendants.
The stories of deception by Jacob his son and by Rebekah his wife
upon Isaac, the cheating of Esau by Jacob and their outcome are
omitted, but taken up in the account of Jacob fleeing his brother's
wrath and finding God still with him in exile and disgrace.
Genesis 27.vv.21-45, and 28.vv.10-22
The account of 'Wrestling Jacob', the happy reunion with Esau
and the changing of Jacob's name to 'Israel' is of the utmost
The promise of God to Jacob/Israel and the reference to Bethel
are of great importance in understanding the history and religion
of the nation.
Even if the historical details of Israel's stay in Egypt could
be established, very little of importance and interest would be
gained by their inclusion, but the story of Joseph in Egypt is
splendidly told. It contains a fascinating account of God's dealing
with Jacob's son who on first acquaintance is far from being a
loveable character until God 'takes him in hand'. A brief passage
forms a link with the book Exodus.