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== Major Theme ==
This is the book of "beginnings". It is widely accepted <ref>Not just amongst the Orthodox church but other christian denominations and the Judaic faith.</ref>, that it contains the early history of man and of Israel
and theological themes revealed by God Himself.
== Background ==
begins with the story of the [[creation ]] of the world , the fall of [[Adam and Eve]] and the subsequent, quite sinful, history of the children of Adam. It tells of Noah and the great flood, the tower of Babel, and Abram and Melchizedek. 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 ===