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In the beginning God created the earth – Undated Past In the beginning

In the beginning God said, "Let us make the heavens and the earth." This is God's story as He interacts with humankind. Enjoy your time looking at the Images and reading the text. Touch on the image to the left or click on the green text above or the blue   Read more ».

To start your journey through the Bible that has been laid out in a timeline order not book order. This Journey starts with Genesis - part one
Background Reading: 1:1 In the beginning, God created the universe. 1:2 When the earth was as yet unformed and desolate,   Read more »

The 7 or Seven Days of Creation – Undated Past, Genesis 1:1-3:24

The Book of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible, starts with the creation of the world. God is the creator of our world. The Hebrew meaning of “Genesis” is the Book of Beginnings. This is because many new beginnings are recorded in Genesis. Genesis is the first book of the Law of Moses or Torah which consists of the first five books of the Bible. There are seven periods of creation recorded in the beginning of Genesis. Although each of these has been translated as a “day”, the Hebrew word is “yom” which simply means a period of time with a beginning and an ending.   Read more »

Adam was the first created man specifically named in Scripture, Genesis 1:26-31 – 2:1-25

Adam was a special man that God created. The creation of Adam is described in Genesis 2:7. God created him from the dust of the ground, breathed life into him and placed him in the garden of Eden. Adam was given the task of naming all the animals. As Adam was lonely, God formed a wife, named Eve, out of one of Adam's ribs. Adam died at the age of 930 years. In Hebrew Adam means: of the ground, reddish earth.
Background Reading: 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. Let them be masters over the fish in the ocean,   Read more »

Eve the first woman specifically named in Scripture, Genesis 2:18-25

Eve was specially created to be the wife and partner of the man Adam, whose creation is described in the beginning of Genesis. God had seen that the animals had their helpmates but the man he had made did not. Adam called his wife Eve. Her name in Hebrew means: life, life-giving. We are not told how old Eve was when she died nor is her death recorded in Scripture. Eve is not mentioned again after the birth of Seth at the end of Genesis 4, other than in two quotations in the New Testament - 2 Corinthians 11:3 and 1 Timothy 2:12-14.   Read more »

Tree of Life, Genesis 3:1-24

The war between God and Satan heats up by Satan involving man in his schemes to beat God. A fight Satan will ultimately lose. 23 therefore the LORD God expelled the man from the garden of Eden so he would work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he had expelled the man, the LORD God placed winged angels at the eastern end of the garden of Eden, along with a fiery, turning sword, to prevent access to the tree of life. Background Reading:   Read more »

Cain the first human murderer and older brother of Abel – Genesis 4:1-17

Cain the first human murderer and older brother of Abel UNDATED PAST — Cain's story is told in Genesis 4:1-24. He was the older brother (and possibly twin) of Abel. Cain worked the land and Abel looked after the animals. Abel did what God asked him to do but Cain did what he thought he should do. When God was not pleased with Cain's offering, Cain became very angry. He ignored God's advice as to how he could fix it and murdered his brother instead. The murder of Abel was evil in God's eyes, and so Cain was banished from the presence of the Lord in that part   Read more »

Abel a righteous man, Genesis 4:1-16

UNDATED PAST - The story of Abel a righteous man is told in Genesis 4:2-12. Abel, the younger and possibly twin brother of Cain, was called righteous as he did things God's way. He was a shepherd and looked after animals. Abel did well in God's sight but was murdered by his older brother because of envy and jealousy. Abel (hebel in Hebrew) means: Transitoriness, grassy meadow, breath.
Background Reading: 4:1 Later, Adam had sexual relations with his wife Eve. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.   Read more »

Seth, Genesis 4:25-26

Seth the youngest brother of Abel and Cain From Adam, Seth is the next in line for the family tree of Jesus. Cain missed out because he killed his younger bother Abel. Seth was born to Adam when Adam was 130 years old. Seth lived for total of 912 years. Seth or Sheth in Hebrew could mean: granted. There are number of other meanings that people use. Seth is in the family tree of Jesus, Genesis 4:25-26.
Background Reading 25 Later on, after Adam had sexual relations with his wife, she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, because   Read more »

Enoch did not die, Genesis 5:21-24

UNDATED PAST - Genesis 5:21-24. Enoch is the man that God took to Heaven while he was alive. Enoch in Hebrew means: dedicated. He was the man who walked with God. He lived 365 years on the earth before God took him. The prophecy of Enoch is found in Jude 14-16.
Background Reading: 5:21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. 22 After he fathered Methuselah, Enoch communed with God for 300 years and fathered other sons and daughters. 23 Enoch lived a total of 365 years, 24 communing with God—   Read more »

About a 1100 Year gap between birth of Adam and the birth of Noah, Genesis 5:1-32

Therefore making gap between birth of Adam and the birth of Noah about 1100 years.
There are 10 generations:
1. Adam - name means: Man (is).
2. Seth - name means: Appointed.   Read more »

Noah built an ark with God’s instructions, Genesis 6:8-22

Noah - 3103BC-2153BC was 500 years old when he started having children. He had three sons named Shem, Ham and Japheth. He died when he was 950 years old, which was 350 years after the flood. Noah in Hebrew means: rest. It took Noah about 100 years to build an ark (boat) to God's specifications. The ark's size was about 154 meters (525 feet) long, 25.5 meters (87 feet) wide and 15 meters (52 feet) high. The ark builder found favor and honor in God's eyes. Noah was given the promise of the rainbow, made up of seven colors,   Read more »

The Ark God’s way of saving people from the flood, Genesis 7:1 – 10:32

Noah built a large boat or ark at God's instruction, because God had asked him to save people and animals from the Flood that was coming. In Hebrew tebah means: boat or vessel. The ark's size was about - 140 meters long, 23 meters wide and 13.5 meters high or 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, 45 feet high – larger than any seagoing vessel until the 20th century. It was covered with resin on the inside and on the outside. After the Flood, Noah was given a rainbow, made up of seven colors, as a sign that God would not totally flood the earth again.   Read more »

The Tower of Babel, Genesis 11:1-9

Men and women wanted to be like God. Babel in Hebrew means: Gate of God. The tower was about 90 meters or 300 feet high. Babel was a city on the plain of Shinar between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Background Reading: 11:1There was a time when the entire earth spoke a common language with an identical vocabulary. 2As people migrated westward, they came across a plain in the region of Shinar and settled there.  Read more »

400 years between Noah and Abraham, Genesis 11:10-32

Approximately four hundred years elapsed from the death of Noah to the call of Abraham.
These are the generations: 1. Noah – name means: Comfort or Rest 2. Shem – meaning: renown; prosperity 3. Arphaxad – meaning: A healer; a releaser 4. Shelah – meaning: Sent Out, Branch or Javelin 5. Eber – meaning: To pass over, through, take away 6. Peleg – name means: Division 7. Reu – name means: Friend 8. Nahor – name means: Breathing Hard 9. Terah – name means: Sprit, Spirited or Inspired   Read more »

Abraham the father of nations, Genesis chapters 12:1-20

Abram was called by God to live in a new land. Later God changed Abram's name to Abraham and he became the father of Israel. Abraham lived for 175 years from 2165BC-1990BC. His first wife was Sarah who lived 127 years and died in 2028BC. They had a son in their old age and called him Isaac which means laughter. Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Isaac was born. This son was a fulfillment of God's promise to them. Abraham the father of the faith all so the friend of God struggled between the spirit and the flesh as seen in his two sons Ishmael and Isaac   Read more »

Sarah was the wife of Abraham, Genesis 11:29-23:20

Sarah was the wife of Abraham. She was very beautiful even in her old age. Her Hebrew name means Princess, the mother of the nations. She was born in about 2155BC, had a son at 90 in 2065BC, and died at age 127. She was one of the notable women of the Bible. Her former name was Sarai, which in Hebrew means Jah is prince in Hebrew. Most people know Sarah as the barren wife of Abraham. She was also his half-sister (same father—different mothers). This is how (in Genesis) Abraham could claim to the Egyptians that Sarah was his sister.   Read more » or Time line for the book of Genesis.

Lot is rescued by Abraham, Genesis 14:1-17

Lot was the son of Haran, who was Abraham's younger brother. Abraham had to rescue Lot after he was taken prisoner. Lot in Hebrew means: concealed, dark colored. Lot made worldly choices that were not wise from God's viewpoint, and settled in a wicked city. When God finally destroyed the city, He sent angels to save Lot and his family. As they fled from the city's destruction, the family was told by the angels not to look back in case they were consumed along with the city. However, Lot's wife did look back, and became a pillar of salt.   Read more »

Melchizedek was the King of Salem, Genesis 14:17-20

King Melchizedek, whose name means my king is righteous, was the King of Salem and a priest of God. Salem means peace. Jebusites named the city Jebus. The two names were later joined together to form Jerusalem, which means Habitation of peace. Abraham presented Melchizedek with a tithe (a tenth) of all the booty he had gathered after a great battle. By this act Abraham indicated that he acknowledged God's hand in his victory over his enemies. Melchizedek's existence shows that there were people other than Abraham and his family who served the true God.   Read more »

Ishmael the son of Hagar and Abraham, Genesis 16:1-16 – 17:27

Ishmael was Abraham's son by Hagar, who bore him as a surrogate mother for Abraham's wife, Sarah. This was often the custom in the Mediterranean countries at that time. However, Ishmael was not the child who had been promised by God. This child was to be born some years later, miraculously, by Sarah. God promised Ishmael that, because his father was Abraham, his descendants would become a great nation. Ishmael was 137 years old when he died. Ishmael means: God has hearkened.   Read more »

The birth of Isaac Abraham’s son, Genesis 21:1-7

Abraham at old age of 100 years and Sarah at the old age of 90 years had the son of promise whom they called Isaac. Isaac lived 180 years from 2065BC-1885BC. He went up Mt Moriah around 2050BC with his father Abraham, who had been commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac upon this mountain. However, God did not require this sacrifice in the end. Isaac married Rebekah in 2025BC. They eventually had twin boys, Esau and Jacob.
Background Reading: 21:1 The LORD came to Sarah, just as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.   Read more »

Hagar an Egyptian slave given to Abraham by the Pharaoh of Egypt, Genesis 21:8-21

It was custom of the time that if the man's wife was barren that another woman could have a child for the wife. In a desperate attempt to solve the problem of her barrenness, Sarah offered her handmaiden to Abram to conceive a child. This was in accordance with the written Code of Hammurabi in 1700 BC, the law of Mesopotamia at the time of Abram. The child would be delivered on the lap of the first wife so that the child would, symbolically, be hers. Hagar bore a child for Sarah and Abraham and they named the child Ishmael.   Read more »

Rebekah married Isaac, Genesis 24:1-67

Rebekah was the daughter of Bethuel and became the wife of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham. She became the mother of twins, Esau and Jacob. The name of Rebekah in Hebrew means flattering. Laban was Rebekah's brother, and was also the father of Rachel and Leah. Rebekah had come to get water from the well for the family needs this is were she meet the servant of Abraham.
Background Reading: 62 Later on, as Isaac was returning one evening from Beer-lahai-roi (he had been living in the Negev),   Read more »

Esau the son that Isaac loved, Genesis 25:20-34

The birth of Esau who was the wayward older twin brother of Jacob. Esau was a hunter who sold his birthright as the older son to his younger brother for food. Esau was Isaac's favorite son and a hunter of game. Born 2005BC died after his twin brother Jacob who died in 1858BC.
Background Reading: 20 Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the Aramean from Paddan-aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Later, Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, since she was unable to conceive children,   Read more »

The birth of Jacob the son of Isaac, Genesis 25:20-26

Isaac married Rebekah in 2025BC. They eventually twenty years later had twin boys, Esau and Jacob. Jacob was the younger twin of Esau. From Jacob whose name was later changed by God to Israel and from his sons came the twelve tribes of Israel. Jacob was Rebekah's favorite son were Esau was Isaac's favorite son. Start of family problems right here. Isaac ordered Jacob the younger twin, to take a wife among the daughters of Laban, his mother's brother. Remember Esau the older twin had gone against his fathers wishes in marring a Canaanite girl.   Read more »

King Abimelech a local king and Isaac, Genesis 26:1-33

There are two views: one Abimelech was a person. The other Abimelech was a title, you chose which one is correct for you. The first view: Person: Abimelech, the king of the Philistines, lived in the city of Gerar and he reigned as king for a long time. Abimelech was a righteous king. Isaac resided as a foreigner in Philistine territory and around the city of Gerar for a long time and would have meet King Abimelech many times. Abimelech in Hebrew means: Father of the King. The second view: Title. Abimelech was the name of multiple Philistine kings mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.   Read more »

Genesis Part Two – Click Here

Genesis Part Two Click Here - To continue the book of Genesis.
Genesis Part Two Click Here - To continue the book of Genesis.
Genesis Part Two Click Here - To continue the book of Genesis.
Genesis Part Two Click Here - To continue the book of Genesis.

Time Line for Genesis

This timeline created for bibleview.org is in 15 sections. Each section covers a different part of the timeline from undated past to the year 2015.
  • Undated Past until 1800BC Creation to the death of Joseph. -including the book of Genesis [Approximately 7 A4 pages of notes.]
  • Undated past - until 1800BC - Creation to the death of Joseph.
    Undated past - until 1800BC - Creation to the death of Joseph.   Read more »

    Background Information – The book of Genesis

    Background Notes And Study Material Page. Email us to ask for and receive some of the material that was used in preparing GENESIS.   Read more »

    Resources – The book of Genesis

    WEBSITES: Birth of Jesus,
    BOOKS: The Sequence of Events of the Old Testament - Shlma Eliezer Pub MOD Israel. Publishing House Distributed By the "Jerusalem Post" ISBN -965-05 797? 1984. The Macmillan Bible Atlas - Yohanan Aharoni and Michael Avi-Yonah, Canterbury Public Library. The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings - Dr Edwin Thiele Pater Noster press 1951.   Read more »

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