Genesis - Revised Standard Version (1966)
Genesis, the first book of the Bible, opens with the Hebrew word bereshit, which means "in the beginning." The title "Genesis" was given to the Septuagint (Greek) translation of the book because of its concern with the origin of the world (Genesis 1:1; 2:4), of the human race, and, in particular, of the Hebrew people. (...) The interpreter of Genesis will recognize at once the distinct object that sets Gen 1-11 apart: the recounting of the origin of the world and of man (primeval history). To make the truths contained in these chapters intelligible to the Israelite people destined to preserve them, they needed to be expressed through elements prevailing among that people at that time. For this reason, the truths themselves must therefore be clearly distinguished from their literary garb. With the story of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 11:27-50:26), the character of the narrative changes. While we do not view the account of the patriarchs as history in the strict sense, nevertheless certain of the matters recounted from the time of Abraham onward can be placed in the actual historical and social framework of the Near East in the early part of the second millennium B.C. (2000-1500), and documented by non-biblical sources. Genesis contains many religious teachings of basic importance: the preexistence and transcendence of God, his wisdom and goodness, his power through which all things are made and on which they all depend; the special creation of man in God's image and likeness, and of woman from the substance of man; the institution of marriage as the union of one man with one woman; man's original state of innocence; man's sin of pride and disobedience; its consequences for the protoparents and their posterity. Despite the severity of their punishment, hope of reconciliation is offered by God through the first as well as the subsequent promises of salvation and blessing. Abraham is blessed for his faith and obedience, and he is to be a blessing for all nations through his offspring, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's sons (Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18), of whom the Messiah, mankind's greatest blessing, will eventually be born (Gal 3:8). Frequent references to Genesis are found in the New Testament. Christ becomes the antithesis of Adam: sin and death come to mankind through Adam, justification and life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:12, 17-19). Noah's ark becomes the symbol of the Church, by which men are saved from destruction through the waters of baptism (1 Peter 3:20-22); Abraham's faith is the model for all believers; the sacrifice of his son Isaac typifies the sacrifice of Christ, Son of the Father. The Liturgy, too, relates the persons of Abel, Abraham and Melchizedek to Christ in his act of sacrifice. - The Book of Genesis is divided as follows: I. The Primeval History (Genesis 1:1-11, 26) II. The Patriarch Abraham (Genesis 11:27-25, 18) III. The Patriarchs Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 25:19-36, 43) IV. Joseph and His Brothers (Genesis 37:1-50:26) - (NAB)

Headings



Book of


GENESIS


1 Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath
2 Another Account of the Creation
3 The First Sin and Its Punishment
4 Cain Murders Abel
Beginnings of Civilization
5 Adam's Descendants to Noah and His Sons
6 The Wickedness of Humankind
Noah Pleases God
7 The Great Flood
8 The Flood Subsides
God's Promise to Noah
9 The Covenant with Noah
Noah and His Sons
10 Nations Descended from Noah
11 The Tower of Babel
Descendants of Shem
Descendants of Terah
12 The Call of Abram
Abram and Sarai in Egypt
13 Abram and Lot Separate
14 Lot's Captivity and Rescue
Abram Blessed by Melchizedek
15 God's Covenant with Abram
16 The Birth of Ishmael
17 The Sign of the Covenant
18 A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah
Judgment Pronounced on Sodom
19 The Depravity of Sodom
Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
The Shameful Origin of Moab and Ammon
20 Abraham and Sarah at Gerar
21 The Birth of Isaac
Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away
Abraham and Abimelech Make a Covenant
22 The Command to Sacrifice Isaac
The Children of Nahor
23 Sarah's Death and Burial
24 The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah
25 Abraham Marries Keturah
The Death of Abraham
Ishmael's Descendants
The Birth and Youth of Esau and Jacob
Esau Sells His Birthright
26 Isaac and Abimelech
Esau's Hittite Wives
27 Isaac Blesses Jacob
Esau's Lost Blessing
Jacob Escapes Esau's Fury
28 Esau Marries Ishmael's Daughter
Jacob's Dream at Bethel
29 Jacob Meets Rachel
Jacob Marries Laban's Daughters
30 Jacob Prospers at Laban's Expense
31 Jacob Flees with Family and Flocks
Laban Overtakes Jacob
Laban and Jacob Make a Covenant
32 Jacob Sends Presents to Appease Esau
Jacob Wrestles at Peniel
33 Jacob and Esau Meet
Jacob Reaches Shechem
34 The Rape of Dinah
Dinah's Brothers Avenge Their Sister
35 Jacob Returns to Bethel
The Birth of Benjamin and the Death of Rachel
The Death of Isaac
36 Esau's Descendants
Clans and Kings of Edom
37 Joseph Dreams of Greatness
Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers
38 Judah and Tamar
39 Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
40 The Dreams of Two Prisoners
41 Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dream
Joseph's Rise to Power
42 Joseph's Brothers Go to Egypt
Joseph's Brothers Return to Canaan
43 The Brothers Come Again, Bringing Benjamin
44 Joseph Detains Benjamin
Judah Pleads for Benjamin's Release
45 Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers
46 Jacob Brings His Whole Family to Egypt
Jacob Settles in Goshen
47 The Famine in Egypt
The Last Days of Jacob
48 Jacob Blesses Joseph's Sons
49 Jacob's Last Words to His Sons
Jacob's Death and Burial
50 Joseph Forgives His Brothers
Joseph's Last Days and Death

Version
Nova Vulgata - Latin
Biblia del Pueblo di Dio (BPD) - Spanish
Vulgata - Stuttgart 1969 - Latin
BÝblia Sagrada Ave-Maria (1957) - Portuguese
La Sainte Bible (Crampon 1904) - French
CEI (1974) - Italian
Einheits▄bersetzung der Heiligen Sc - German