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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 to man by God Himself.
{{stub}}The origins of humanity start with the story of [[creation]] of the world, the fall of [[Adam and Eve]] and the subsequent history of their descendants. It tells of Noah and the great flood, the tower of Babel, and Abram and Melchizedek and the early history of Israel, starting with the three patriarchs of the Hebrews, [[Abraham]], [[Isaac]], and [[Jacob]], and the twelve tribes that were their descendants. The main theme throughout all of this history is that [[God]]'s call and promise of [[salvation]] for Israel.
== Background ==
The Book of Genesis begins with covers the story longest time span of any book in the Bible. It starts with the [[creation]] of the world, the fall of [[Adam and Eve]] and concludes as the subsequent, quite sinful, history Hebrews head to Egypt. The first three chapters of Genesis are reflected in the children last three chapters of Adam. It tells of Noah and the great floodRevelation, the tower of Babel, and Abram and Melchizedek.  It then tells of [[God]]'s call Alpha and promise Omega of [[salvation]] to [[Abraham]], and the story writings "given by inspiration 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 Jacob2 Tim 3:16) 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 ===

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