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'''Relationship to Old Testament.''' The relationship of Genesis to even larger blocks of text is discussed at '''[[Old Testament: Organization | Organization and Overview of the Old Testament]]''' and '''[[Five Books of Moses]]'''.
 
'''Relationship to Old Testament.''' The relationship of Genesis to even larger blocks of text is discussed at '''[[Old Testament: Organization | Organization and Overview of the Old Testament]]''' and '''[[Five Books of Moses]]'''.
  
'''Story.''' Genesis is the first book of the Old Testament. It explains the origin of the world, of mankind, and of the House of Israel as the Lord's covenant people. Genesis consists of a series of four "cycles" or collections of stories:
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'''Story.''' Genesis is the first book of the Old Testament. It explains the origin of the world, of mankind, and of the House of Israel. Genesis consists of a series of four major "cycles" or collections of stories:
  
* '''[[Genesis 1-11 | Chapters 1-11b]]: Adam-Noah cycle.''' God creates the world. God creates mankind, male and female, in his own image. How mankind came to occupy its current position in the world through the Fall. God establishes covenants with all of mankind through their father Adam, and then through their father Noah.
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* '''[[Genesis 1-11 | Genesis 1-11b]]: Adam-Noah cycle.''' God creates the world. God creates mankind, male and female, in his own image. How mankind came to occupy its current position in the world through the Fall. God establishes covenants with all of mankind through their father Adam, and then through their father Noah.
  
* '''[[Genesis 11-25 | Chapters 11c-25a]]: Abraham cycle.''' Explains the origin of God's special covenant with Abraham. The birthright blessing under the Abrahamic Covenant then passes to the younger son Isaac, while the older son Ishmael is cast out.
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* '''[[Genesis 11-25 | Genesis 11c-25a]]: Abraham cycle.''' Explains the origin of God's special covenant with Abraham. The birthright blessing under the Abrahamic Covenant then passes to the younger son Isaac, while the older son Ishmael is cast out.
  
* '''[[Genesis 25-35 | Chapters 25b-35]]: Jacob cycle.''' The birthright blessing under the Abrahamic Covenant is disdained by the older brother Esau and passes to the younger brother Jacob who fervently seeks it. While Jacob obtains the birthright blessing from his father Isaac through trickery, the Abrahamic Covenant is confirmed with Jacob by God himself.
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* '''[[Genesis 25-35 | Genesis 25b-35]]: Jacob cycle.''' The birthright blessing under the Abrahamic Covenant is disdained by the older brother Esau and passes to the younger brother Jacob who fervently seeks it. While Jacob obtains the birthright blessing from his father Isaac through trickery, the Abrahamic Covenant is confirmed with Jacob by God himself.
  
* '''[[Genesis 36-50 | Chapters 36-50]]: Joseph cycle.''' Joseph ends the pattern of older brothers separating themselves from the younger brother who enjoys the birthright blessing under the Abrahamic Covenant. Joseph saves his father Jacob's house temporally at the time of a great famine by gathering them to Egypt, thus creating the House of Israel. This gathering also saves the House of Israel spiritually by collecting the entire family into a single people so that all of Jacob's descendants, including all of Joseph's as well, will share in the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant. While his brothers do bow down to him as heir of the birthright, he gathers and nourishes his brothers rather than casting them out or allowing them to wander away.
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* '''[[Genesis 36-50]]: Joseph cycle.''' Joseph ends the pattern of younger brothers receiving the birthright under the Abrahamic Covenant and of older brothers separating themselves from the full blessings of that covenant. Joseph saves his father Jacob's house temporally at the time of a great famine, thus creating the House of Israel. Joseph also saves the House of Israel spiritually by collecting all of his father's descendants into a single people so that all of Jacob's descendants, including all of Joseph's too, will share in the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant. While his brothers do bow down to him as heir of the birthright, he gathers and nourishes his brothers rather than casting them out or allowing them to wander away.
  
 
'''Message.''' Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Genesis include:
 
'''Message.''' Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Genesis include:

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