The name Genesis is taken from the Septuagint.
The Septuagint (LXX) is a Greek translation made of the Old Testament in Alexandria at the order of Ptolemy Philadelphus about 285-247 B.C. Josephus tells us that this translation was made by 72 priests (hence its name) in 72 days. Six priests were from each of the 12 tribes. Christ and Paul quoted from this translation of the Old Testament. It is older than any of the Hebrew texts extant today.
Genesis is the book of beginnings and the families — the beginning of creation, man, woman, sabbath, marriage, family, work, sin, murder, sacrifice, races, languages, culture, civilization and redemption. Genesis means “origin,” “source,” “birth.” The meaning closest to that of the original is “birth.” It is derived from the Greek verb gennao, which means “to beget” or “give birth to.” Genesis is the book of beginnings and sources, but more particularly it is the book of births — this is often overlooked. It is the book of generations. According to this understanding of Genesis, it falls into two natural divisions:
1. Gen. 2:4 — The Book of the Birth of Heaven and the Earth (from Septuagint)
2. Gen. 5:1 — The Book of the Birth of Men.
Simply stated, the Book of Genesis is the record of the “family tree” of the Jews. It is the genealogy of heaven, earth, and man. Even the new birth is suggested in Genesis 3:15, where is the first mention of a Redeemer. – J. Vernon McGee
The Book of Genesis Chapter Divisions & Links
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Genesis Chapter 1
Genesis Chapter 2
Genesis Chapter 3
Genesis Chapter 4
Genesis Chapter 5
Genesis Chapter 6
Genesis Chapter 7
Genesis Chapter 8
Genesis Chapter 9
Genesis Chapter 10
Genesis Chapter 11