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genesis


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Genesis  \Gen"e*sis\,  n.  [L.,  from  Gr  ge`nesis,  fr  the  root  of 
  gi`gnesqai  to  beget,  be  born;  akin  to  L.  genus  birth,  race. 
  See  {Gender}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  producing,  or  giving  birth  or  origin  to 
  anything  the  process  or  mode  of  originating;  production; 
  formation;  origination. 
 
  The  origin  and  genesis  of  poor  Sterling's  club. 
  --Carlyle. 
 
  2.  The  first  book  of  the  Old  Testament;  --  so  called  by  the 
  Greek  translators,  from  its  containing  the  history  of  the 
  creation  of  the  world  and  of  the  human  race. 
 
  3.  (Geom.)  Same  as  {Generation}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  genesis 
  n  1:  an  event  that  is  a  beginning;  a  first  part  or  stage  of 
  subsequent  events  [syn:  {origin},  {origination},  {inception}] 
  2:  the  first  book  of  the  Old  Testament:  tells  of  creation;  Adam 
  and  Eve;  the  Fall  of  Man;  Cain  and  Abel;  Noah  and  the 
  flood;  God's  covenant  with  Abraham;  Abraham  and  Isaac; 
  Jacob  and  Esau;  Joseph  and  his  brothers  [syn:  {Genesis}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Genesis 
  The  five  books  of  Moses  were  collectively  called  the  Pentateuch, 
  a  word  of  Greek  origin  meaning  "the  five-fold  book."  The  Jews 
  called  them  the  Torah,  i.e.,  "the  law."  It  is  probable  that  the 
  division  of  the  Torah  into  five  books  proceeded  from  the  Greek 
  translators  of  the  Old  Testament.  The  names  by  which  these 
  several  books  are  generally  known  are  Greek. 
 
  The  first  book  of  the  Pentateuch  (q.v.)  is  called  by  the  Jews 
  Bereshith  i.e.,  "in  the  beginning",  because  this  is  the  first 
  word  of  the  book.  It  is  generally  known  among  Christians  by  the 
  name  of  Genesis,  i.e.,  creation"  or  "generation,"  being  the 
  name  given  to  it  in  the  LXX.  as  designating  its  character, 
  because  it  gives  an  account  of  the  origin  of  all  things  It 
  contains,  according  to  the  usual  computation,  the  history  of 
  about  two  thousand  three  hundred  and  sixty-nine  years. 
 
  Genesis  is  divided  into  two  principal  parts  The  first  part 
  (1-11)  gives  a  general  history  of  mankind  down  to  the  time  of 
  the  Dispersion.  The  second  part  presents  the  early  history  of 
  Israel  down  to  the  death  and  burial  of  Joseph  (12-50). 
 
  There  are  five  principal  persons  brought  in  succession  under 
  our  notice  in  this  book,  and  around  these  persons  the  history  of 
  the  successive  periods  is  grouped,  viz.,  Adam  (1-3),  Noah  (4-9), 
  Abraham  (10-25:18),  Isaac  (25:19-35:29),  and  Jacob  (36-50). 
 
  In  this  book  we  have  several  prophecies  concerning  Christ 
  (3:15;  12:3;  18:18;  22:18;  26:4;  28:14;  49:10).  The  author  of 
  this  book  was  Moses.  Under  divine  guidance  he  may  indeed  have 
  been  led  to  make  use  of  materials  already  existing  in  primeval 
  documents,  or  even  of  traditions  in  a  trustworthy  form  that  had 
  come  down  to  his  time,  purifying  them  from  all  that  was 
  unworthy;  but  the  hand  of  Moses  is  clearly  seen  throughout  in 
  its  composition. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Genesis,  beginning 
 




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