Summary of Genesis

Summary of Genesis

Chapter by Chapter:

Genesis 1-3: The Creation/The Creation Complete: Adam and Eve Live/The Devil Tempts Eve and She Did Eat
Genesis 4-6: Cain and Abel/The Generation of Adam/Noah and the Ark
Genesis 7-9: The Flood/The Flood is Over/Multiply and Replenish the Earth
Genesis 10-12: Generation of Noah/One Language: The Tower of Babel/Abram: The Great Nation
Genesis 13-15: Abram’s Seed/Melchezidek and Abram/Abram Recieves Offspring
Genesis 16-18: Hagar and Ishmael/Abrahamic Covenant/Sarah is Promised a Son
Genesis 19-21: Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah/Abimelech and Sarah/Abraham and Abimelech
Genesis 22-24: Sacrifice of Abraham/Sarah Dies/Isaac’s Wife
Genesis 25-27: Descendants of Abraham/Prosperity of Isaac/Jacob is Blessed
Genesis 28-30: Seed of Jacob/Jacob Loves Rachel/Rachel Conceives
Genesis 31-33: Laban and Jacob make peace/Face to Face/Reconciliation between Esau and Jacob
Genesis 34-36: Defiled Dinah/God blesses Jacob/Generation of Esau
Genesis 37-39: Joseph Sold into Egypt/Judah and Tamar/Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
Genesis 40-42: Joseph Interprets Dreams/Joseph:Interpretor/Governor/Joseph’s Brothers go to get corn
Genesis 43-45: The brothers of Joseph and Benjamin/Joseph’s Cup/Joseph’s Brother’s See Joseph
Genesis 46-48: Jacob and His family in Egypt/Joseph Sells into Egypt/Jacob Believes Ephraim and Manasseh
Genesis 49-50: Prophecy about the Generation of Jacob/God will bring Israel out of Egypt
  • God creates the world in six days and rests on the seventh (what we know today as the Sabbath on Sunday), because God consecrated this day, as a day of rest.
  • Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, they are tempted by Satan and kicked out of the garden. From this point forward men would have to work to return to God’s presence.
  • After time God sees that what he once called “good” (referring to the earth an its inhabitants) are now wicked. God sends a flood to destroy all life on earth, except Noah, his family and 7 of each clean animal and 2 of every other animal. Men continue to sin, but God promises to never flood the earth again (this promise is represented by the rainbow).
  • God instructs Abram (later Abraham) and his wife Sarai (later Sarah) to depart from Meopotamia and travel to the land of Canaan. God makes a covenant with Abram that his descendents will be without number. Circumcision is instituted as a sign of the covenant.
  • Sarah becomes barren and without child. Sarah tells Abraham to have a child with her handmaid Hagar. Ishmael is born. Sarah also bares a son and names him Isaac. Isaac is granted the promises of the first born (even though he was born second). Hagar and Ishmael are driven into the wilderness, but God promises to make Ishmael into a great nation.
  • God contemplates destroying the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham prays that God not destroy the city, because of the righteous. God tells him that if he can find 10 righteous men, he will not destroy the city. Abraham’s nephew Lot is saved by angels sent from God, to remove him from the city, because God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah with fire from heaven.
  • God test Abraham, by commanding him to sacrifice his only son. Abraham does as he is told, but an Angel (sent by God) stops him before he kills his son. God promises numberless descendants. Abraham purchases a cave “Machpelah” to bury his wife Sarah.
  • Abraham sends one of his servants to Mesopotamia to find a wife for Isaac, the servant brings back Rebekah and Isaac and her get married.
  • Abraham also dies and is buried in the tomb he purchased, he is buried with Sarah.
  • Isaac’s wife becomes barren. Isaac prays to God and Rebekah gives birth to twins: Esau and Jacob. Through deception Jacob gets firstborn blessing from his father.
  • Jacob flees to see his uncle, Laban. He works for Laban and marries two of Laban’s daughters: Rachel and Leah.
  • Jacobs name is changed to Israel
  • Jacob has twelve sons with Rachel and Leah – these are the “12 Tribes of Israel”
  • Jacob/Israel’s favorite son Joseph is hated by his brother and by his brother’s hands he is sold into Egypt as a slave.
  • Joseph becomes powerful (almost on the same level as Pharaoh) and because of a famine he prospers greatly in Egypt.
  • Joseph brings his family to Egypt and makes them prosperous as well, Pharaoh gives them the land of Goshen.
  • Jacob/Israel calls his children to his beside, where he gives each one a blessing and reveals their future. Jacob dies and is buried in the family tomb in Machpelah.
  • Joseph lives to see his grandchildren and then dies.

Genesis 46-48

Genesis 46-48

Chapter 46: Jacob and his family in Egypt

Jacob/Israel takes his journey to Beersheba, where he offered sacrifices to the Lord. There God speaks to Jacob in the visions of the night, saying: “…fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation.” (Genesis 46:3)

Jacob and his sons travel to Eypt in the wagons that Pharaoh had provided for them. These are the generations that traveled to Egypt:


The sons of Leah and Jacob:

  • Reuben
    • Hanoch
    • Phallu
    • Hezron
    • Carmi
  • Simeon
    • Jemuel
    • Jamin
    • Ohad
    • Jachin
    • Zohar
    • Shaul
  • Levi
    • Gershon
    • Kohath
    • Merari
  • Judah
    • Er
    • Onan
    • Shelah
    • Pharez
    • Zerah
    • Er and Onan died.
  • And all of their sons

The sons of Zilpah:

  • Gad
    • Ziphion
    • Haggi
    • Shuni
    • Ezbon
    • Eri
    • Arodi
    • Areli
  • Asher
    • Jimnah
    • Ishuah
    • Isui
    • Beriah
      • Heber
      • Malchiel
    • Serah

The sons of Rachel:

  • Joseph
    • Manasseh
    • Ephraim
  • Benjamin
    • Belah
    • Becher
    • Ashbel
    • Gera
    • Naaman
    • Ehi
    • Rosh
    • Muppim
    • Huppim
    • Ard

The sons of Bilhah:

  • Dan
    • Hushim
  • Naphtali
    • Jahzeel
    • Guni
    • Jezer
    • Shillem

Chapter 47: Joseph Sells to Egypt

Pharaoh tells Joseph to have his family dwell in the land of Goshen and provide some of his servants to watch over his flock in Goshen. Jacob meets Pharaoh, and he asks Jacob how old he is. Jacob responds 130 years old.  Jacob blesses Pharaoh.

The famine continues in the land of Egypt and there was no bread throughout all of the land, save it be in the land of Egypt, under the control of Joseph and Pharaoh. So the people throughout the land go in unto Joseph to buy bread, but soon “money faileth”, and the people trade cattle/flock and all their possessions for bread. But only after a few years the land is desolate, with only the people and the land. So the people of the land tell Joseph that if they give them bread then they will give up their land to Pharaoh and become his servants. So they do this throughout the time of the famine.

Joseph gives the people seed to plant in the land, and tells them that because they were delivered from the famine that from this day forward they had to give 1/5 of all their increase to Pharaoh. The only part of the land of Egypt that was not sold to Pharaoh, was that of the priests who received a portion of the food, and therefore did not have to sell their land. Jacob/Israel dwelt in the land of Goshen near Egypt and all the days of his life were 147 years.

Jacob speaks with Joseph and makes him promise that he will be buried in the land of Canaan among his fathers.

Chapter 48: Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh

Joseph is told that his father Jacob is sick, so he brings his two sons; Ehpraim and Manaseh to see him. Jacob tells Joseph that he had seen God in the land of Canaan and the Lord had told him that he would make him fruitful and he would multiply his seed. Joseph shows Jacob his two grandsons and Jacob blesses them by the laying on of hands (see Genesis 48:14-16). Joseph gets a little upset when Jacob puts his son Ehpraim on the right hand side (because normally the firstborn would get the blessing and be on the right hand side; in this case Manasseh). Joseph thinks at first that maybe Jacob does not know which one is the firstborn, so Joseph tries to correct him, but Jacob stops him and tells him he knows which one is the firstborn, but that Ephraim would be greater than his older brother. He assures Joseph, that his son Manasseh will be great to, but not as great as Ephraim. Jacob therefore sets Ephraim before Manasseh.

Genesis 28-30

Genesis 28-30

Chapter 28: Seed of Jacob

Isaac blesses Jacob and commands him to get married, but not unto a Canaanite. He tells Jacob to go to Padan-aram to the house of Beuthel and marry one of the daughters of Laban (essentially his cousins). Esau sees that Jacob received his  father’s blessing and that his father did not want him to marry a Canaanite. So Esau goes and marries one of the daughters of Ishmael.

Jacob has a vision of a ladder reaching into heaven, he saw angels descending and ascending the ladder into heaven. Jacob sees the Lord and the Lord tells him that his seed shall be of the dust of the earth in number.

Jacob promises to pay 1/10 of all his earnings (10% tithe)

Chapter 29: Jacob falls in Love with Rachel

Jacob goes on his journey and finds Rachel at a well, he helps he with giving water to the sheep and kisses her. Rachel runs home to tell her parents and Laban welcomes Jacob with open arms, he asks him if he wants a job and Jacob agrees to work 7 years and after completing the work of 7 years he can marry Rachel.

7 years pass…

Laban holds a party and gives Jacob his oldest daughter to marry; Leah.  Jacob is a little irritated and asks Laban why he has done this to him, basically something like this; “I thought we had agreed, I work 7 years for you and you give me Rachel, not Leah”. Well Laban explains that he cannot marry off his younger daughter before his firstborn. But Laban proposes that Jacob also marry Rachel. He permits the marriage to happen if he gives Leah 1 week and then he can marry Rachel, if he promises to work another 7 years.

1 week passes…

Jacob marries Rachel and loves her more than Leah. God sees that Jacob loves Rachel more than Leah, he makes the womb of Rachel barren. But Leah conceives and bares 4 children;

  • Reuben
  • Simeon
  • Levi
  • Judah

Chapter 30: Rachel Conceives

After Rachel sees the children of her sister, she pleads with Jacob to give her children also. She suggests he marry her handmaid Bilhah and have children by her. Bilhah conceives and bares Jacob a son, his name was Dan. Bilhah conceived a second time and called his name Naphtali. Leah sees that more children are being born and gets jealous and suggests that Jacob marry Zilpah, the handmaid of Leah. Zilpah bares a son and they name the son Gad. Zilpah conceives a second some and names the child Asher.

Leah continues to have more children, she bares another two sons; Issachar and Zebulun, and one daughter; Dinah.

Rachel finally bares a son, and calls his name; Joseph.

Jacob continues to work for Laban for wages of cattle and sheep.

Genesis 1-3

Genesis 1-3

Chapter 1: The Creation

                “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)


Day 1: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3) , God separated the light from darkness and “…called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night…” (Genesis 1:5)

Day 2: “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters and let it divide the waters from the waters… And God called the firmament Heaven…” (Genesis 1:7-8)

Day 3: “…and let the dry land appear…And God called the dry land Earth…” (Genesis 1:9-10) “…Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit…” (Genesis 1:11-12)

Day 4: “…Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and for years…” (Genesis 1:14) And God gave us two lights, one to rule over the day (the sun) and one to rule over the night (the stars/moon).

Day 5: “…Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth…” (Genesis 1:20) and God commanded that all life in the sea and above the earth in the heaven to multiply and replenish after its own kind.

Day 6: “…Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth…” (Genesis 1:24) God creates all life on the earth.

“And God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created them(Genesis 1:26-27)

This part is very interesting to me, we all know that we were created in the image of God, right? Almost every single religion will attest that YES, we in fact were created in his image! So why does the world believe that God is a great “spirit”? Wouldn’t God himself have a body of flesh and blood, like us? After all we are created in His image, right? Let’s be clear, that I am not suggesting that God is on the same level with us, His children. He is our Heavenly Father and we must not seek to take his position or suggest that we are on the same level as Him. However, if we are created in his likeness, my guess would be that he looks like us, meaning he has a body, he has hands, feet,  eyes, a heart…etc. But His body is perfect, whereas His children are not perfect.

We are his children and we should strive to be just like Him. One interesting part that gets me is where it says:  “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created them” – Does that mean that God, our Heavenly Father has a Wife? Our Heavenly Mother? It says, created “male and female” and just before that he says “Let US make man in our own image”, was God talking to his Wife? Our Heavenly Mother? Now, this is not doctrine of the LDS church, per say. But it is my TRUE belief that this is SO. After all, it would make since that we had a Heavenly Father and Mother! Right?! I like to think so.

God commanded “them” (most likely Adam and Eve)… “…Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28)

This tells me a few things, We have control over the earth… we as humans ARE supposed to USE the earth, “subdue” it and have “dominion” or control over everything that natural has to offer. BUT we are supposed to respect the earth by “replenishing” it. Interesting, if tree hugging hippies were actually religious they would know to use this scripture on people that say they are “religious” that may not care about the environment. Not saying that I am a hippie, tree hugging environmentalist. But I do believe that we should respect what God has given us!


Chapter 2:  Creation Complete: Adam and Eve Live

Day 7: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day… And God blessed the seventh day, and he sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work…” (Genesis 2:2-3)

God essentially created everything Monday-Saturday and then took one day from his labors to rest, Sunday. That is why we must also rest on Sunday’s and not permit that others work. We should avoid having to go to the store, or a restaurant… so that everyone has one day of rest a week. He “sanctified” this day to be a day, we celebrate our Heavenly Father, and his Son, our Redeemer; Jesus Christ.

God planted a garden “eastward” in Eden and there, He put the man that he had created from the “dust of the earth”. God then brings Adam every beast of the field and of the earth in general and has Adam, “name” them.  Adam gives a name for all of the animals and life in the earth. God sees that it is not good for man to “be alone”, so God causes a great sleep to fall over Adam, and he removes a rib from Adam to form a woman.  Woman, because she was taken out of man.

God commands Adam and Eve to stay in the garden and “tend” to it, and that they can freely eat of all trees and plants, except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 4:24) – God marries Adam and Eve.

But we learn that Adam and Eve, were both naked and were “not ashamed”, therefore we learn that they were like little children, without knowledge of good and evil… they were innocent.

Chapter 3: The Devil Tempts Eve to Eat and She Did Eat

God leaves and Adam and Eve alone in the garden to tend to it, when the serpent (the devil), tries to beguile Eve.

The Devil: “…Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1)

Eve: “…We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” (Genesis 3:2-3)

The Devil: “…Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

Eve, saw that it was desirable, and she ate. She also did give the fruit to Adam and he did eat as well.

After eating the fruit they gained knowledge of good and evil, and knew that they were naked. God was walking in the garden, and when Adam and Eve heard him coming they hid themselves. When God asks them why, they tell Him, that it was because they were ashamed they were naked.

God finds out (even though he already knew), that Adam and Eve partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and because of this Satan (the devil/Lucifer/the serpent) is cursed above all living things of the earth.

God multiplies the “sorrows” of child-birth. He commands that by the “…sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread…” (Genesis 3:19) – We are commanded to work, and for our sustenance we must work, no such thing as a “free lunch”.

Adam and Eve are banished from their paradise and forced to the world to work, suffer; pain and sorrow… experience joy and happiness. Evil, good… light and dark.


                God said: “…Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:” (Genesis 3:22) In the Book of Mormon, we learn more about what this particular scripture means: “For behold, if Adam had put forth his hand immediately, and partaken of the tree of life, he would have lived forever, according to the word of God having no space for repentance; yea, and also the word of God would have been void, and the great plan of salvation would have been frustrated” (Alma 42:5)

So we learn something SUPER IMPORTANT, if God would have allowed Adam and Eve to live in the Garden of Eden, they would have NEVER experience JOY or HAPPINESS! Because how can you feel joy, without knowing what pain is? OR VICE-VERSA.