In this installment of our Old Testament Facts series, we will focus today on the first book of the Pentateuch – Genesis, the first “Book of Law.” This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of events of this book. Rather, it is presented as a summary of events that seem most relevant to worship of the Lord and the ultimate coming of Jesus the Christ.
The book of the beginning and of new beginnings
Genesis 1 – Creation of the universe
Genesis 2 – Adam and Eve created
Genesis 3 – “The fall” – sin enters the world; first promise of the Messiah (Gen 3:15)
Genesis 4 – Cain murders Abel
Genesis 6–9 – Noah and the flood
Genesis 12 and 15 – God’s covenant with Abraham (promise of land, a “great nation” and the Messiah)
Genesis 21 – Birth of Isaac
Genesis 32:28, Gen 35 – God names Jacob “Israel” (meaning God fights)
- Jacob has 12 sons (the “Great Baby Race” between Leah and Rachel)
- Reuben (Gen 29:32) — Leah
- Simeon (Gen 29:33) — Leah
- Levi (Gen 29:34) — Leah
- Judah (Gen 29:35) — Leah
- Dan (Gen 30:5-6) — Rachel (Bilhah)
- Naphtali (Gen 30:7-8) — Rachel (Bilhah)
- Gad (Gen 30:10-11) — Leah (Zilpah)
- Asher (Gen 30:12-13) — Leah (Zilpah)
- Issachar (Gen 30:17-18) — Leah
- Zebulun (Gen 30:19-20) — Leah
- Joseph (Gen 30:22-24) — Rachel
- Benjamin (Gen 35:17-18) — Rachel
Genesis 37 – Joseph sold into slavery
Genesis 41 – Joseph rises to power in Egypt under Pharoah
Genesis 46 – Joseph brings his family to Egypt, is reunited with Jacob
Genesis 48 – Jacob (Israel) blesses Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh, claims them as “his” (Gen 48:5-6), again favoring the younger (Ephraim) over the first-born (Genesis 48:14-20).
Genesis 49 – Jacob blesses his sons, but declares that Simeon and Levi (their descendants) will be scattered among the other tribes (Gen 49:5-7). So the Twelve Tribes of Israel are named – to include Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 49:3-28). Jacob’s death and burial (Genesis 49:29-50:14).
Genesis 50:22-26 – Death of Joseph – end of Genesis
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