Genesis Outline

Structure

The book of Genesis is divided into two main parts: Chapters 1 – 11 and 12 – 50.

  1. 1 – 11 focuses on four central events:
    1. Creation
    2. The Fall
    3. The Flood
    4. The Dispersion of Nations
  2. 12 – 50 focuses on four primary people:
    1. Abraham
    2. Isaac
    3. Jacob
    4. Joseph

Book Outline

  1. Starting with Adam (1 – 11)
    1. God’s Blessed Creation (1:1 – 2:25)
      1. God’s Act of Creation (1:1 – 2:4)
      2. God’s Show of Creation (2:5-25)
    2. God’s Cursed Creation (3:1 – 11:32)
      1. Death through Sin (3:1 – 6:8)
        1. The Entrance of Sin (3)
        2. The Exposure of Death (4:1 – 5:32)
        3. The Epitome of Corruption (6:1-8)
      2. Deliverance through Destruction (6:9-29)
        1. The Execution of God’s Plan (6:9 – 7:10)
        2. The Endurance of God’s People (7:11 – 8:19)
        3. The Exaltation of God’s Preservation (8:20 – 9:29)
      3. Population through Dispersion (10:1 – 11:32)
        1. Descendants of Noah (10)
        2. Dispersion of Nations (11:1-9)
        3. Designation of Nomination (11:10-32)
  2. Restarting with Abraham (12 – 50)
    1. The Life of Abraham (12:1 – 25:11)
      1. God’s Call and Abraham’s Response (12 – 14)
      2. God’s Covenant and Abraham’s Faith (15 – 22)
      3. God’s Commitment and Abraham’s Assurance (23:1 – 25:11)
    2. The Line of Ishmael (25:12-18)
    3. The Lot of Jacob (25:19 – 35:29)
      1. Life at Home (25:19 – 27:46)
      2. Life in Hiding (28 – 32)
      3. Life on Hold (33 – 34)
      4. Life and Death (35)
    4. The Lineage of Esau (36)
    5. The Lifestyle of Joseph (37:1 – 50:26)
      1. Faithfulness through Patient Endurance (37 – 41)
      2. Forgiveness from Longstanding Sin (42 – 47)
      3. Fruitfulness in Covenant Blessing (48 – 49)
      4. Finality on every Encumbrance (50)