The Book of Genesis
Our Bible comprises two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament, being the scriptures of the Hebrew tradition, also form the basis and foundation for our faith tradition. It is further divided into three sections, the Torah ("the law"), the Prophets, and the Writings. The Torah -- the first five books of the Bible -- is the story of the beginning of the people of Israel and their covenant relationship with God.
Genesis -- the first book of the Torah, and of the Bible itself -- includes the stories of creation and the founding generations of Israel. The stories form the basis for endless discussion, debate, and insight into human nature, the human spirit, and God's ways of being in the world and in life.
The "children of Israel": their identity and destiny -- provide the context for the whole biblical tradition and the foundation for the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth and the birth of the Christian Church.