The Outline of the Book of Genesis
From a Jewish Perspective

The basis for this commentary and outline is taken from the Genesis Tape Series
by Arnold Fruchtenbaum and Ariel Ministries in San Antonio, Texas.

The book of Genesis, from a Jewish Perspective (Ac)

A. The Anticipation of History (Ad)

B. The Number Seven (Ae)

I. The Creation of the World – 1:1 to 2:3 (Af)

A. In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth – 1:1 (Ag)

B. The Supposed Gap Theory (Ah)

C. Now the Earth was Formless and Empty – 1:2 (Ai)

D. God Called the Light Day and the Darkness Night – 1:3-5 (Aj)

E. So God Made the Expanse Between the Waters – 1:6-8 (Ak)

F. God Called the Dry Ground Land, and the Gathered Waters He Called Seas – 1:9-13 (Al)

G. Let There Be Lights in the Sky to Separate Day from Night – 1:14-19 (Am)

H. Let the Water Team with Living Creatures – 1:20-23 (An)

I. Let Us Make Man in Our Image, In Our Likeness – 1:24-31 (Ao)

J. The Dispensations of God (Ap)

K. By the Seventh Day God Had Finished His Work – 2:1-3 (Aq)

II. The Written Account of the Heavens and the Earth – 2:4 to 4:26 (Ar)

A. This is the Account of the Heavens and the Earth – 2:4 (As)

B. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – 2:5-25 (At)

  1. God Formed the Man from the Dust of the Ground – 2:5-7 (Au)
  2. God Planted a Garden in the East, in Eden – 2:8-14 (Av)
  3. You Must Not Eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – 2:15-17 (Aw)
  4. Then LORD God Made a Woman from the Rib of Adam – 2:18-25 (Ax)

C. The Fall of Man – 3:1-24 (Ay)

  1. Now the Serpent Was More Crafty Than Any of the Wild Animals – 3:1-5 (Az)
  2. The Woman Saw the Fruit of the Tree and Ate It – 3:6 (Ba)
  3. The Dispensation of Conscience – 3:6 to 8:14 (Bb)
  4. Man Sewed Fig Leaves Together and Made Coverings – 3:7-8 (Bc)
  5. The Serpent Deceived Me and I Ate – 3:9-13 (Bd)
  6. He Will Crush Your Head, and You Will Strike His Heel – 3:14-15 (Be)
  7. Your Desire Will Be For Your Husband and He Shall Rule Over You – 3:16 (Bf)
  8. Cursed is the Ground, Through Painful Toil You Will Eat of It – 3:17-19 (Bg)
  9. The LORD God Made Garments of Skin for Adam and His Wife – 3:20-24 (Bh)

D. Cain and Abel – 4:1-26 (Bi)

  1. Your Brother’s Blood Cries Out to Me from the Ground - 4:1-15 (Bj)
  2. The Line of Cain – 4:16-24 (Bk)
  3. The Line of Seth – 4:25-26 (Bl)

III. The Written Account of the Generations of Adam – 5:1 to 6:8 (Bm)

A. When God Created Man, He Made Him in the Likeness of God – 5:1-2 (Bn)

B. The Genealogy from Adam to Noah – 5:3-32 (Bo)

  1. When Adam Had Lived 130 Years He Had a Son and Named Him Seth – 5:3-5 (Bp)
  2. When Seth Had Lived 105 Years, He Became the Father of Enosh – 5:6-8 (Bq)
  3. Enosh – 5:9-11 (Br)
  4. Kenan – 5:12-14 (Bs)
  5. Mahalalel – 5:15-17 (Bt)
  6. Jared – 5:18-20 (Bu)
  7. Enoch Walked with God for 300 years – 5:21-24 (Bv)
  8. Methuselah – 5:25-27 (Bw)
  9. Lamech – 5:28-31 (Bx)
  10. Noah – 5:32 (By)

C. The Nephilim Were on the Earth in Those Days – 6:1-8 (Bz)

  1. The Sons of God Married the Daughters of Men – 6:1-4 (Ca)
  2. But Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the LORD – 6:5-8 (Cb)

IV. The Written Account of the Generations of Noah – 6:9 to 9:29 (Cc)

A. Noah Was a Righteous Man and He Walked With God – 6:9-12 (Cd)

B. The Ark is a Type of Christ – 6:13-22 (Ce)

C. God said: Go Into the Ark Because I Have Found You Righteous – 7:1-5 (Cf)

D. Noah and His Sons Entered the Ark – 7:6-9 (Cg)

E. The Chronology of the Flood (Ch)

F. The Rain Fell on the Earth Forty Days and Nights – 7:10-16 (Ci)

G. The Water Rose and the Ark Floated on the Water – 7:17-24 (Cj)

H. The Science of a Young Earth (Ck)

  1. Accelerated Decay (Cl)
  2. Carbon 14 Dating (Cm)
  3. Helium Diffusion (Cn)
  4. Radiohalos (Co)
  5. Fission Tracts (Cp)

I. The Flood Waters Receded and the Ark Rested on Mt Ararat – 8:1-14 (Cq)

  1. But God Remembered Noah - 8:1-5 (Cr)
  2. By Noah’s 601st Year, the Water Had Dried Up from the Earth - 8:6-14 (Cs)
  3. The Dispensation of Civil Government – 8:14 to 11:32 (Ct)

J. Then God said to Noah, Come Out of the Ark – 8:15-19 (Cu)

  1. Bring Out Every Living Creature so They Can Multiply – 8:15-17 (Cv)
  2. One Kind After Another, All the Animals Came out of the Ark – 8:18-19 (Cw)

K. Then Noah Sacrificed Burnt Offerings to the LORD – 8:20-22 (Cx)

L. The Covenant With Noah – 9:1-17 (Cy)

  1. Whoever Sheds Human Blood, Their Blood Will Be Shed – 9:1-7 (Cz)
  2. Never Again Will There Be a Flood to Destroy the Earth – 9:8-17 (Da)

M. The Sons of Noah Came Out of the Ark – 9:18-19 (Db)

N. Cursed Be Canaan the Lowest of Slaves Will He Be to His Brothers – 9:20-27 (Dc)

O. The Death of Noah – 9:28-29 (Dd)

V. The Written Account of the Sons of Noah – 10:1 to 11:9 (De)

A. The Table of Nations – 10:1-32 (Df)

  1. This is the Account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Sons of Noah – 10:1 (Dg)
  2. The Line of Japheth – 10:2-5 (Dh)
  3. The Line of Ham – 10:6-20 (Di)
  4. The Line of Shem – 10:21-31 (Dj)
  5. These are the Clans of Noah’s Sons Who Spread Out Over the Earth – 10:32 (Dk)

B. The Tower of Babel – 11:1-9 (Dl)

  1. Let Us Build a City and Make a Name For Ourselves – 11:1-4 (Dm)
  2. Let Us Go Down and Confuse Their Language – 11:5-9 (Dn)

VI. The Written Account of the Generations of Shem – 11:10-26 (Do)

VII. The Written Account of the Generations of Terah – 11:27 to 25:11 (Dp)

A. Terah Became the Father of Abram, Nahor and Haran – 11:27-32 (Dq)

B. The Purpose of the First Eleven Chapters of Genesis – 1:1 to 11:32 (Dr)

C. The Dispensation of Promise – Genesis 12:1 to Exodus 18:27 (Ds)

D. I Will Bless Those Who Bless You, and Curse Those Who You Curse – 12:1-3 (Dt)

E. Abram Left Haran, He Took His Wife Sari and His Nephew Lot – 12:4-9 (Du)

F. There was a Famine in the Land and Abram Went Down to Egypt – 12:10-20 (Dv)

G. Abram and Lot Separate – 13:1-18 (Dw)

  1. Abram Lived in the Land of Canaan, While Lot Lived in Sodom – 13:1-13 (Dx)
  2. Go, Walk Through the Land, for I AM giving it to You – 13:14-17 (Dy)
  3. So Abram Went to Live Near the Trees of Mamre at Hebron – 13:18 (Dz)

H. Abram Goes to War with the Kings of the East – 14:1-24 (Ea)

  1. The Four Kings Carried Off Abram’s Nephew Lot – 14:1-12 (Eb)
  2. When Abram Heard Lot Was Taken, He Went in Pursuit – 14:13-16 (Ec)
  3. Melchizedek: King of Salem and a Priest of God Most High – 14:17-24 (Ed)

I. God’s Covenant With Abram – 15:1-21 (Ee)

  1. Abram Believed the LORD and He Credited It to Him – 15:1-6 (Ef)
  2. I AM the LORD, Who Brought You Out of Ur of the Chaldeans – 15:7-21 (Eg)

J. Hagar and the Birth of Ishmael – 16:1-16 (Eh)

  1. Sarai Took Hagar and Gave Her to Abram to be His Wife – 16:1-6 (Ei)
  2. Hagar and the Angel of the LORD – 16:7-14 (Ej)
  3. So Hagar Bore Abram a Son and Abram Named Him Ishmael – 16:15-16 (Ek)

K. God’s Covenant of Circumcision with Abraham – 17:1-27 (El)

  1. Your Name Will Be Abraham, You Are a Father of Nations – 17:1-8 (Em)
  2. Every Male Who Is Eight Days Old Must be Circumcised – 17:9-14 (En)
  3. Sarah Will Bear You a Son, and You Will Call Him Isaac – 17:15-22 (Eo)
  4. Abraham and Ishmael Were Both Circumcised – 17:23-27 (Ep)

L. The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah – 18:1 to 19:38 (Eq)

  1. Angels Unawares – 18:1-15 (Er)
    1. Abraham’s Three Visitors – 18:1-8 (Es)
    2. I Will Return Next Year and Sarah Will Have a Son – 18:9-15 (Et)
  2. Abraham Pleads for Sodom – 18:16-33 (Eu)
    1. The Outcry Against Sodom and Gomorrah is Great – 18:16-21 (Ev)
    2. Abraham Intercedes – 18:22-33 (Ew)
  3. Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed – 19:1-29 (Ex)
    1. Two Angels Arrived at Sodom in the Evening – 19:1-11 (Ey)
    2. The Two Men said to Lot: Don’t Look Back – 19:12-22 (Ez)
    3. It Rained Down Sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah – 19:23-29 (Fa)
  4. Let’s Get Our Father to Drink Wine and then Lie With Him – 19:30-38 (Fb)

M. Abraham and Abimelech – 20:1-18 (Fc)

  1. Abraham Said of His Wife: She is My Sister – 20:1-2 (Fd)
  2. The God Came to Abimelech in a Dream – 20:3-8 (Fe)
  3. Abimelech Returned Sarah to Abraham – 20:9-15 (Ff)
  4. I am Giving Your Brother a Thousand Shekels of Silver – 20:16 (Fg)
  5. Then God Healed Abimelech and His Wife and Slave Girls – 20:17-18 (Fh)

N. The Birth of Isaac – 21:1-7 (Fi)

O. Hagar and Ishmael Are Sent Away – 21:8-21 (Fj)

P. The Treaty at Beersheba – 21:22-34 (Fk)

Q. Abraham Tested – 22:1-19 (Fl)

  1. Take Your Only Son Isaac, and Sacrifice Him – 22:1-8 (Fm)
  2. Abraham Built an Altar and Laid Him on Top of the Wood – 22:9-10 (Fn)
  3. Abraham Called that place The LORD Will Provide – 22:11-14 (Fo)
  4. The Abrahamic Covenant – 22:15-18 (Fp)
  5. Then Abraham Returned to Beersheba – 22:19 (Fq)

R. Bethuel Became the Father of Rebekah – 22:20-24 (Fr)

S. The Burial of Sarah – 23:1-20 (Fs)

  1. Sarah Died and Abraham Went to Weep Over Her – 23:1-2 (Ft)
  2. Sell Me Some Property So I Can Bury My Dead – 23:3-18 (Fu)
  3. Abraham Buried His Wife Sarah in the Cave 23:19-20 (Fv)

T. Isaac and Rebecca – 24:1-67 (Fw)

  1. Go to My Country and Get a Wife for My Son Isaac – 24:1-9 (Fx)
  2. God of My Master Abraham, Give Me Success Today – 24:10-14 (Fy)
  3. Before He had Finished Praying Rebekah Came Out – 24:15-27 (Fz)
  4. Abraham’s Servant Meets Laban – 24:28-49 (Ga)
    1. Now Rebekah Had a Brother Named Laban – 24:28-33 (Gb)
    2. The LORD Will Send His Angel With You – 34-49 (Gc)
  5. They Sent Rebekah on Her Way, Along Abraham’s Servant – 24:50-60 (Gd)
  6. So Isaac Married Rebekah and He Loved Her – 24:61-67 (Ge)

U. Abraham Took Another Wife Whose Name Was Keturah – 25:1-6 (Gf)

V. The Death of Abraham – 25:7-11 (Gg)

VIII. The Written Account of the Generations of Ishmael – 25:11-18 (Gh)

A. The Twelve Sons of Ishmael – 25:12-18 (Gi)

B. The Death of Ishmael – 25:17 (Gj)

C. The Territory of Ishmael – 25:18 (Gk)

IX. The Written Account of the Generations of Isaac – 25:19 to 35:29 (Gl)

A. Two Nations, One Womb – 25:19-26 (Gm)

B. Then Jacob Gave Esau Some Stew and Esau Despised His Birthright – 25:27-34 (Gn)

C. Isaac Went to Abimelech King of the Philistines in Gerar – 26:1-5 (Go)

D. Abimelech Saw Isaac Caressing Rebekah – 26:6-11 (Gp)

E. Isaac Reopened the Wells of His Father Abraham – 26:12-22 (Gq)

F. Isaac Went Up to Beersheba and the LORD Appeared to Him – 26:23-25 (Gr)

G. Abimelech Came to Isaac: Let Us Make a Treaty With You – 26:26-33 (Gs)

H. The Wives of Esau – 26:34-35 (Gt)

I. The Blessing of Jacob – 27:1-40 (Gu)

  1. Prepare Tasty Food so that I May Give You My Blessing – 27:1-4 (Gv)
  2. Rebekah Took Esau’s Clothes and Put Them on Jacob – 27:5-17 (Gw)
  3. Jacob said: The Voice is Jacob’s, but the Hands are Esau’s – 27:18-29 (Gx)
  4. After Isaac Finished Blessing Jacob, Esau Came In – 27:30-40 (Gy)

J. Jacob’s Flight to Haran – 27:41 – 28:22 (Gz)

  1. Esau Wants to Kill You, Flee to My Brother Laban in Haran – 27:41-45 (Ha)
  2. Isaac Sent Jacob to Laban, the Brother of Rebekah – 27:46 to 28:5 (Hb)
  3. Esau Married the Daughter of Ishmael – 28:6-9 (Hc)
  4. Jacob Saw the Angels of God Ascending and Descending – 28:10-22 (Hd)

K. Jacob in Haran – 29:1 to 30:43 (He)

  1. When Jacob Saw Rachel, He Kissed Her and Began to Weep Aloud – 29:1-14 (Hf)
  2. Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel – 29:15-30 (Hg)
  3. Jacob’s Children – 29:31 to 30:24 (Hh)
    1. The LORD Saw That Leah Was Not Loved – 29:31-35 (Hi)
    2. Bilhah Bore Jacob a Son and Rachel Named Him Dan – 30:1-8 (Hj)
    3. Zilpah Bore Jacob a Son and Leah Named Him Asher – 30:9-13 (Hk)
    4. God Listened to Leah, and She Bore Issachar and Zebulun – 30:14-21 (Hl)
    5. God Remembered Rachel and Opened Her Womb – 30:22-24 (Hm)
  4. Jacob’s Agreement with Laban – 30:25-36 (Hn)
  5. Jacob’s Flocks Increase – 30:37-43 (Ho)

L. Jacob’s Flight from Haran – 31:1-55 (Hp)

  1. Jacob Flees from Laban – 31:1-21 (Hq)
  2. Laban Pursues Jacob – 31:22-42 (Hr)
  3. So Jacob Took a Stone and Set It Up as a Pillar – 31:43-55 (Hs)

M. Jacob and Esau – 32:1 to 33:17 (Ht)

  1. Jacob Went On His Way, and the Angels of God Met Him – 32:1-2 (Hu)
  2. Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau – 32:3-23 (Hv)
  3. Jacob Wrestles with God – 32:24-32 (Hw)
  4. Jacob Saw Esau Coming with His Four Hundred Men – 33:1-17 (Hx)

N. The Results of Disobedience – 33:18 to 34:31 (Hy)

  1. Jacob’s Disobedience at Shechem – 33:18-20 (Hz)
  2. Dinah is Raped by Shechem – 34:1-31 (Ia)
    1. The Rape of Dinah – 34:1-7 (Ib)
    2. Dinah Was Defiled and Jacob’s Sons Replied Deceitfully – 34:8-17(Ic)
    3. The Circumcision at Shechem – 34:18-24 (Id)
    4. The Slaughter at Shechem by Simeon and Levi – 34:25-29 (Ie)
    5. Jacob’s Rebuke of Simeon and Levi – 34:30-31 (If)

O. Jacob’s Spiritual Renewal at Bethel – 35:1-15 (Ig)

  1. Jacob’s Journey to Bethel – 35:1-8 (Ih)
  2. God Appeared to Jacob Again at Bethel – 35:9-15 (Ii)

P. The Birth of Benjamin and the Death of Rachel – 35:16-20 (Ij)

Q. Reuben Slept with His Father’s Concubine Bilhah – 35:21-22a (Ik)

R. Jacob Had Twelve Sons – 35:22b-26 (Il)

S. Isaac Died and His Sons Esau and Jacob Buried Him - 35:27-29 (Im)

X. The Written Account of the Generations of Esau – 36:1 to 37:1 (In)

A. The Wives and Sons of Esau – 36:1-8 (Io)

B. Esau’s Sons and Grandsons – 36:9-14 (Ip)

C. The Clans of the Descendants of Esau – 36:15-19 (Iq)

D. The Sons of Seir the Horite – 36:20-30 (Ir)

E. The Kings of Edom – 36:31-39 (Is)

F. The Chiefs of Esau – 36:40-43a (It)

G. The Division of the Two Brothers – 36:43b (Iu)

H. The Prophecy of Edom (Iv)

XI. The Written Account of the Generations of Jacob – 37:1 to 50:26 (Iw)

A. Joseph Sold into Slavery by His Brothers– 37:1-36 (Ix)

  1. Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors – 37:1-4 (Iy)
  2. Joseph’s Dreams – 37:5-11 (Iz)
  3. Joseph in the Pit – 37:12-24 (Ja)
  4. Joseph’s Brothers Sold Him for Twenty Shekels of Silver – 37:25-36 (Jb)

B. Judah and Tamar – 38:1-30 (Jc)

  1. Judah said to Tamar: Live as a Widow Until My Son Grows Up – 38:1-11 (Jd)
  2. Judah Recognized His Seal and Staff – 38:12-26 (Je)
  3. Tamar Gave Birth to Twin Boys: Perez and Zerah – 38:27-28 (Jf)

C. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife – 39:1-18 (Jg)

  1. The LORD was with Joseph and He Prospered – 39:1-6a (Jh)
  2. Potiphar’s Wife said: Come to Bed with Me! But Joseph Ran – 39:6b-18 (Ji)

D. Joseph in Prison – 39:19 to 40:23 (Jj)

  1. While Joseph was in Prison the LORD was with Him – 39:19-23 (Jk)
  2. The Cupbearer and the Baker – 40:1-23 (Jl)
    1. Tell Me Your Dreams - 40:1-8 (Jm)
    2. So the Chief Cupbearer Told Joseph His Dream – 40:9-15 (Jn)
    3. Then the Chief Baker said to Joseph: I Too Had a Dream – 40:16-19 (Jo)
    4. The Chief Cupbearer did not Remember Joseph – 40:20-23 (Jp)

E. Joseph Before Pharaoh – 41:1-57 (Jq)

  1. Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams – 41:1-8 (Jr)
  2. The Report of the Cupbearer – 41:9-13 (Js)
  3. Seven Fat Cows and Seven Lean Cows – 41:14-24 (Jt)
  4. Seven Years of Abundance then Seven Years of Famine – 41:25-36 (Ju)
  5. Joseph as Prime Minister – 41:37-46a (Jv)
  6. The Seven Years of Abundance Came to an End in Egypt – 41:46b-57 (Jw)

F. Joseph and His Brothers – 42:1 to 45:28 (Jx)

  1. The First Journey to Egypt – 42:1-38 (Jy)
    1. Joseph Learned that there was Grain in Egypt – 42:1-5 (Jz)
    2. When Joseph’s Brothers Arrived, They Bowed Down – 42:6-25 (Ka)
    3. Joseph is No More, Now You Want to Take Benjamin – 42:26-38 (Kb)
  2. The Second Journey to Egypt – 43:1 to 45:28 (Kc)
    1. Send Benjamin with Me and I will Guarantee His Safety – 43:1-14 (Kd)
    2. The Brothers Presented Themselves to Joseph – 43:15-34 (Ke)
    3. The Cup was Found in Benjamin’s Sack – 44:1-17 (Kf)
    4. Judah said: Let the Boy Return to My Father – 44:18-34 (Kg)
    5. Joseph Made Himself Known to his Brothers – 44:1-15 (Kh)
    6. Return to Canaan and Bring Your Father Back to Me – 45:16-20 (Ki)
    7. My Son Joseph is Still Alive, I Will Go See Him – 45:21-28 (Kj)

G. Jacob Moves His Family to Egypt – 46:1 to 47:12 (Kk)

  1. So Israel Took All His Offspring with Him to Egypt – 46:1-7 (Kl)
  2. Jacob’s Genealogy – 46:8-27 (Km)
  3. Jacob Arrived in Egypt – 46:28-34 (Kn)
  4. Then Jacob Blessed Pharaoh and Went Out From His Presence – 47:1-10 (Ko)
  5. Jacob Settled in Goshen – 47:11-12 (Kp)

H. Joseph and the Famine – 47:13-26 (Kq)

  1. Joseph Collected All the Money in Egypt for the Grain – 47:13-14 (Kr)
  2. Joseph Gave Them Food for Their Livestock– 47:15-17 (Ks)
  3. All the Land of Egypt Became Pharaoh’s for Grain – 47:18-22 (Kt)
  4. The Egyptians Became Tenant Farmers on the Land – 47:23-26 (Ku)

I. When I Rest with My Fathers, Carry Me Out of Egypt – 47:27-31 (Kv)

J. The Blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh – 48:1-22 (Kw)

  1. K. Jacob Adopted Joseph’s Two Sons Ephraim and Manasseh – 48:1-7 (Kx)
  2. Israel Blessed Ephraim, Though He Was the Younger – 48:8-20 (Ky)
  3. Israel said: I am About to Die, but God Will Be With You – 48:21-22 (Kz)

K. The Prophecy of Jacob’s Sons – 49:1-28 (La)

  1. Then Jacob Called for His Sons to Gather Around Him – 49:1 (Lb)
  2. Sons of Jacob, Listen to Your Father – 49:2 (Lc)
  3. The Blessing and Cursing of Jacob’s Sons – 49:3-27 (Ld)
    1. Reuben – 49:3-4 (Le)
    2. Simeon and Levi – 49:5-7 (Lf)
    3. Judah – 49:8-12 (Lg)
    4. Zebulun – 49:13 (Lh)
    5. Issachar – 49:14-15 (Li)
    6. Dan – 49:19 (Lj)
    7. Gad – 49:19 (Lk)
    8. Asher – 49:20 (Ll)
    9. Naphtali – 49:21 (Lm)
    10. Joseph – 49:22-26 (Ln)
    11. Benjamin – 49:27 (Lo)
  4. This is What Israel said as He Blessed The Twelve Tribes – 49:28 (Lp)

L. The Death and Burial of Jacob – 49:50:14 (Lq)

  1. Jacob Was Gathered to His People – 49:29 to 50:3 (Lr)
  2. So Joseph Went Up to Bury His Father – 50:4-14 (Ls)

M. Joseph Reassures His Brothers – 50:15-21 (Lt)

N. The Death of Joseph – 50:22-26 (Lu)

 

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