Genesis

 

I. Primeval History

A. Creation Narratives (1:1-2:25)

1. Mankind as end of creation (1:1-2:4a)
2. Mankind as center of creation (2:4b-25)

B. Fall of Adam and Eve (3:1-24)
C. Cain and Abel (4:1-26)
D. Descendants of Adam (5:1-32)
E. Flood Narrative (6:1-9:29)
F. Genesis of Nations (10:1-32)
G. Tower of Babel (11:1-9)
H. Genealogy of Abraham (11:10-32)

II. Patriarchal History

A. Abraham (12:1-25:18)

1. Promises to Abram (12:1-9)
2. Abram in Egypt (12:10-20)
3. Abram and Lot separate (13:1-18)
4. Abram rescues Lot (14:1-16)
5. Abram and Melchizedek (14:17-24)
6. Promises renewed (15:1-21)
7. Birth of Ishmael (16:1-16)
8. Covenant of circumcision (17:1-27)
9. Fate of Sodom and Gomorrah (18:1-19:38)
10. Abram and Abimelech (20:1-18)
11. Birth of Isaac (21:1-7)
12. Dismissal of Hagar and Ishmael (21:8-21)
13. Covenant with Abimelech (21:22-34)
14. Near sacrifice of Isaac (22:1-24)
15. Death of Sarah (23:1-20)
16. Securing a wife for Isaac (24:1-67)
17. Abraham's other sons (25:1-6)
18. Death of Abraham (25:7-11)
19. Descendants of Ishmael (25:12-18)

B. Isaac (25:19-26:35)

1. Birth of Esau and Jacob (25:19-26)
2. Favoritism (25:27-28)
3. Esau sells his birthright (25:29-34)
4. Isaac and Abimelech (26:1-16)
5. Trouble with wells (26:17-22)
6. Covenant with God (26:23-25)
7. Covenant with Abimelech (26:26-33)
8. Esau finds wives (26:34-35)

C. Jacob (27:1-36:43)

1. Tension between Jacob and Esau

a. Jacob steals the blessing (27:1-40)
b. Jacob is sent away (27:41-28:5)
c. Esau marries an Ishmaelite woman (28:6-9)

2. Dream at Bethel (28:10-22)

3. Tension between Jacob and Laban (29:1-30)

a. Jacob finds a wife (29:1-20)
b. Jacob tricked by Laban (29:21-29)
c. Favoritism (29:30)

4. Child-bearing contest (29:31-30:24)

5. Uneasy reconciliation between Jacob and Laban (31:1-32:21)

a. Jacob's flocks increase (20:25-43)
b. Jacob leaves Laban (31:1-29)
c. Uneasy reconciliation (31:30-55)
d. Preparation to meet Esau (32:1-21)

6. Wrestling with God at Peniel (32:22-32)

7. Uneasy reconciliation with Esau (33:1-20)

8. Later, difficult years (34:1-36:43)

a. Rape of Dinah (34:1-31)
b. Covenant renewed (35:1-15)
c. Birth of Benjamin, death of Rachel (35:16-21)
d. Sons of Jacob (35:22-26)
e. Death of Isaac (35:27-29)
f. Descendants of Esau (36:1-43)

D. Joseph (37:1-50:26)

1. Early life (37:1-36)

a. Favoritism (37:1-4)
b. Joseph's dreams (37:5-11)
c. Capture and selling of Joseph (37:12-36)

2. Excursus: Judah and Tamar (38:1-30)

3. Joseph's rise to power in Egypt (39:1-41:57)

a. Joseph's experiences in Potiphar's household (39:1-18)
b. Joseph confined to prison (39:19-23)
c. Joseph interprets dreams (40:1-23)
d. Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams (41:1-36)
e. Joseph elevated to power (41:37-57)

4. Joseph in power in Egypt (42:1-50:26)

a. Joseph's brothers' first trip to Egypt (42:1-38)
b. Joseph's brothers' second trip to Egypt (43:1-34)
c. Testing of the brothers (44:1-34)
d. Joseph revealed (45:1-15)
e. Jacob invited to come to Egypt (45:16-28)
f. Jacob comes to Egypt (46:1-7)
g. Names of those who came (46:8-27)
h. Reunion of Jacob and Joseph (46:28-34)
i. Jacob and Pharaoh (47:1-12)
j. Joseph's famine policies (47:13-26)

5. Deaths of Jacob and Joseph (47:27-50:26)

a. Jacob prepares to die (47:27-31)
b. Jacob blesses Joseph's sons (48:1-22)
c. Jacob blesses his sons (49:1-27)
d. Death of Jacob (49:28-33)
e. Burial of Jacob (50:1-14)
f. Uneasy reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers (50:15-21)
g. Joseph's last words and death (50:22-26)

 

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