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date: 19 January 2021

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This article surveys the outline, form, and content of Genesis. Genesis holds the undisputed place as the first book of the Bible. No matter the canon, it is the point of beginning. Every subsequent biblical book to some degree relates to Genesis. Through the device of the type-scene, the use of recurrent motifs, and the notion of a covenant transmitted from one generation to the next, the stories of Genesis invite comparative and intertextual readings. The chronology and content of Genesis, Genesis 1-11, Genesis 12-36, Genesis 37-50, genre, Canaan, and genealogies are discussed.

Keywords: Book of Genesis, biblical texts, recurrent motifs, chronology, Canaan, genealogy

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