Genesis Overview



Who? | Author & Audience

Moses wrote Genesis for the Israelites while wandering in the wilderness of Sinai.


When? | Dates

Late 15th Century, approximately 400 years after the death of Joseph.


Where? | Setting

From Creation to Egypt.


What & Why? | Outline & Purpose

  1. Creation & the Fall

  2. Creation & the Fall (Gen. 1-3)

  3. Beginning of human life on earth

  4. Beginning of Families (Gen. 4-5)

  5. Noah & the Flood (Gen. 6-9)

  6. Descendants of Noah & Division of Nations (Gen. 10-11)

  7. Covenant to bring us back into relationship with God

  8. Abraham & Sarah (Gen. 12-25)

  9. Covenant (15:18)

  10. Isaac & Rebekah (Gen. 26-27)

  11. Jacob & Esau (Gen. 27-36)

  12. Joseph (Gen. 37-50)

How? | Application

  1. Learn about the beginning, humanity’s fall, and the start of God’s rescue story

  2. Learn where we came from, why we are here, and why we need salvation

  3. Understand how humanity began with God and how badly God wants a relationship with us

  4. Establishes the priorities God wants us to set in our relationships

  5. Understand the covenant relationship we have with God and why it started

  6. Sets us up for the Law

  7. Reminds us that we are not alone in our sin nature, and that sin has been a problem for every single human in all of time

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