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Genesis was written after the [[Exodus]] (ca. 1445 B.C.) of the Israelite people, but before the death of Moses (ca. 1405 B.C.).
== Background ==
It then tells of [[God]]'s call and promise of [[salvation]] to [[Abraham]], and the story of [[Isaac]] and [[Jacob]], whom God named Israel, ending with the settlement of the twelve tribes of Israel (the families of the twelve sons of Jacob) in Egypt, during the time of Joseph's favor with the Egyptian Pharaoh. In traditional Church language, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are called the [[Patriarch]]s and are also [[Forefather]]s of Christ.
=== Purpose and Interpretation ===