Author– Moses is not stated as the author in the book of Genesis but other verses in the Bible make reference to Moses as the author of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament).

Date– Approximately 1445-1405 B.C.

Main Individuals
Adam and Eve- 1:26-5:5
Noah- 6:5-9:29
Abraham and Sarah- 12:1-25:8
Isaac and Rebekah- 21:1-35:29
Jacob- 25:21-50:14
Joseph- 30:22-50:26

God’s Character
Creator- 1:1-31
Faithful- 12:3,7; 26:3-4; 28:14; 32:9,12
Just- 18:25
Long-Suffering- 6:3
Loving- 24:12
Merciful- 19:16, 19
Omnipotent- 17:1
Powerful- 18:14
Provident- 8:22; 24:12-14, 48, 56; 28:20-21; 45:5-7; 48:15; 50:20
Truthful- 3:4-5; 24:27; 32:10
Wrathful- 7:21-23; 11:8; 19:24-25

Short Summary– God created everything including mankind.  Man sinned by being disobedient to God.  God’s plan for redemption began.  God made a covenant with Abraham.  Abraham’s descendants are God’s chosen people.

Creation- 1:1-2:25
Fall of Man- 3:1-24
The Flood- 6:1-9:29
Dispersion of Man- 11:1-9
Abraham- 12:1-25:8
Isaac- 21:1-35:29
Jacob- 25:21-50:14
Joseph- 30:22-50:26

Some Key Verses
1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

2:3 “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”

2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. ”

3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

5:24 “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”

6:19 “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. ”

7:11 “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.”

9:1 “And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”

9:16 “When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

12:1-3 “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

15:6 “And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”

17:21 “But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.”

17:24 “But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.”

19:28 “And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.”

21:5 “Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.”

22:13 “And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.”

22:16-17 “and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies,

25:21-26 “And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 And the Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
    and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
    the older shall serve the younger.”
24 When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.”

32:28 “Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.””

35:11 “And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.”

37:3 “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.”

37:5 “Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.”

37:28 “Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.”

39:1 “Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.”

41:41-42 “And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck.

50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. “