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The '''Book of Genesis''' is the first book of the [[Old Testament]] and contains extremely old oral and written traditions of the people of Israel. The name English title, '''Genesis''' , comes from the Greek for birth and in Hebrew ''Bereishit'' which means "in translation ([[Septuagint]], LXX)<ref>LXX Septuagint—an ancient translation of the beginning"Old Testament into Greek</ref>In Hebrew the book is |בְּרֵאשִׁית (''Bereishit''), meaning "in origins"; whereas, the beginning." This Hebrew title is derived from the Bible’s very first word of the Hebrew text - a method by which all five books of the Torah are named. When the Torah was , translated into Greek "in the 3rd century BC to produce the [[Septuagint]], the name given was Γένεσις ''Genesis'', meaning beginning"birth" or "origin". This was in line with the Septuagint use of subject themes as book names. The Greek title has continued to be used in all subsequent Latin and English versions of the Bible, and most other languages.</ref>. Tradition has it that this book was mostly written by the [[Prophet]] [[Moses]] 1,300 years before [[Christ]]. The influence of Genesis over all of Holy Scripture is demonstrated by it being quoted over 35 times in the [[New Testament]] and hundreds of allusions appearing in both Testaments. The story line of salvation begins in Genesis 3 and is not completed until Revelation 21 and 22, where the eternal kingdom of redeemed believers is illustrated.
[[image:Viennagenesis.jpg|right|thumb|A page of the Vienna Genesis, made in sixth century Syria, with an illustration of Jacob/Israel blessing his grandsons Ephraim and Mannasseh.]]

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