Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
The Book of Genesis
The Jewish title Genesis is bereshith. (The first word in Hebrew in the book of Genesis, which is translated “in the beginning”).
Genesis tells how everything began, how paradise was lost, and how God has promised to redeem the world. Through its stories, it reveals patterns that have been repeated throughout history. Reding the Genesis can help us understand God’s original intention for human beings as well as the tragic consequences of sin – the condition that tears us away from God, separates us from others, and divides our own soul.
Genesis contains many of the stories we have known and cherished sin childhood: Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; Noah’s Ark; and Joseph, the dreamer sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.
As we reread the ancient stores, we may be surprised to discover how current they are, poignantly reflecting the condition of our hearts.
Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah – their authentic, true stories reveal much about the frailty of our faith and the depth of our need for God. We begin to see how God acts in our own lives through the stories.