The first book of the Hebrew Bible which covers events from Creation to the start of Israel's sojourn in Egypt. It tells the origins of heaven and earth, Adam, Noah, Noah's sons, Shem, Terah, Ishmael, Isaac, Esau and Jacob.
The Book of Genesis, first book of the Bible, is equally the first of a group of Five Books that the Jews call Torah (which means law) and the Christians call Pentateuch. Its name derives from a Latin transliteration of the Greek γένεσις (geneseōs) meaning "origin".
The authorship is, since Jewish tradition, attributed to Moses.
Genesis tells the origins of heaven and earth (2:4), Adam (5:1), Noah (6:9), Noah's sons (10:1), Shem (11:10), Terah (11:27), Ishmael (25:12), Isaac (25:19), Esau (36:1,9) and Jacob (37:2).
Some topics covered in this book have their own tags:
- creation (creation of the world)
- antediluvian (for post-creation, pre-flood topics)
- noah (the flood)
- abraham (the first patriarch)