[[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.]]The Book of '''Genesis''' contains the pre-history of the people of Israel. It starts the first part the [[Old Testament]] section of the [[Bible]] called the [[Pentateuch]], Torah, or Books of [[Moses]]. The name ''Genesis'' comes from the Greek for beginning, origin, or birth because of [[Septuagint]]'s division of the Pentateuch into five books. Tradition has it that the Genesis was mostly written by the [[Prophet]] Moses 1,300 years before [[Christ]].
Genesis 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.