Outline of the book of Genesis

 

  1. The Beginning of History
    1. Creation Narratives (1.1-2.25)
      1. Mankind as end of creation (1.1-2.3)
      2. Mankind as center of creation (2.4-25)
    2. Adam and Eve Sin (3.1-24)
    3. Cain and Abel - The first murder (4.1-16)
    4. Lamech - The second murder (4.17-26)
    5. Descendants of Adam (5.1-32)
    6. Noah and the Flood - Judgement (6.1-9.29)
      1. Wickedness in the World (6.1-8)
      2. The Flood (6.9-7.24)
      3. The flood recedes  (8.1-19)
      4. Covenant with Noah (8.20-9.29)
    7. The Descendants of Noah - "Table of the Nations" (10.1-32)
    8. Rebellion - the Tower of Babel (11.1-9)
  2. The Patriarchs
    1. Genealogy of Abram (Abraham) (11.10-32)
    2. Life of Abraham (12.1-25.18)
      1. The call of Abram (12.1-9)
      2. Sister-Wife narrative - Abram, Sarai and Pharaoh (12.10-20)
      3. Abram and Lot separate (13.1-18)
      4. Abram rescues Lot - The Battle of the Four Kings (14.1-16)
      5. Abram and Melchizedek (14.17-24)
      6. The Lord's Covenant with Abram (15.1-21)
      7. Birth of Ishmael (16.1-16)
      8. Covenant of Circumcision (17.1-27)

        Abram is Renamed

        No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. (Genesis 17.5 NIV)

      9. Sodom and Gomorrah (18.1-19.38)
        1. The Three Visitors (18.1-15)
        2. Abraham Pleads for Sodom (18.16-23)
        3. Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed (19.1-29)
        4. Lot and his Daughters (19.30-38)
      10. Sister-Wife narrative - Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech (20.1-18)
      11. Birth of Isaac (21.1-7)
      12. Dismissal of Hagar and Ishmael (21.8-21)
      13. Covenant between Abram and Abimelech at Beershiba (21.22-34)
      14. The Akedah (binding) -- The Sacrifice of Isaac (22.1-24)
      15. Death of Sarah (23.1-20)
      16. Finding a wife for Isaac (24.1-67)
      17. Abraham's other sons (25.1-6)
      18. Death of Abraham (25.7-11)
      19. Descendants of Ishmael (25.12-18)
    3. Isaac (25.19-26.35)
      1. Birth of Esau and Jacob (25.19-26)
      2. Family Dynamics (25.27-28)
      3. Esau sells his birthright (25.29-34)
      4. Sister-Wife naritive - Isaac and Abimelech (26.1-16)
      5. Trouble at the Wells (26.17-22)
      6. Isaac's Covenant with God (26.23-25)
      7. Isaac's Treaty with Abimelech (26.26-33)
      8. Esau marries Hittite wives (26.34-35)
    4. Jacob (27.1-36.43)
      1. Tension between Jacob and Esau (27.1-28.9)
        1. Jacob "steals" the blessing (27.1-40)
        2. Jacob is sent away (27.41-28.5)
        3. Esau marries an Ishmaelite woman (28.6-9)
      2. Jacob Ladder, Dream at Bethel (28.10-22)
      3. Jacob and Laban in Paddan Aram (29.1-29)
        1. Jacob finds a wife (29.1-20)
        2. Jacob tricked by Laban (29.21-29)
      4. Jacob's Family (29.30-30.24)
        1. Family Dymanics (29.30)
        2. A Child-bearing Contest--The Sons of Jacob (29.31-30.24)
      5. Jacob returns to Canaan (30.25-31.55)

        Mizpah Benediction

        "The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another." (Genesis 31.49 KJV)

        1. Jacob tries to leave on good terms (30.25-26)
        2. A bargain - Jacob's flocks increase (30.27-43)
        3. Jacob flees Laban (31.1-21)
        4. Laban pursues Joseph (31.22-29)
        5. Uneasy reconciliation (31.30-55)
      6. Preparation to meet Esau (32.1-21)
      7. Wrestling with God at Peniel (32.22-32)

        Jacob renamed Israel

        ..."Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome." (Genesis 32.28 NIV)

      8. Uneasy reconciliation with Esau (33.1-20)
      9. Difficult years (34.1-36.43)
        1. Rape of Dinah (34.1-31)
        2. God's Covenant Renewed at Bethel (35.1-15)
        3. Birth of Benjamin, death of Rachel (35.16-21)
        4. Reuben and Bilhah (35.22)
        5. Sons of Jacob (35.23-26)
        6. Death of Isaac (35.27-29)
    5. Descendants of Esau (36.1-43)
    6. Joseph (37.1-50.26)
      1. Early life (37.1-36)
        1. Israel's family dynamic (37.1-4)
        2. Joseph's dreams (37.5-11)
        3. Capture and Sale of Joseph (37.12-36)
      2. Judah and Tamar - an tragic aside (38.1-30)
      3. Joseph's rise to power in Egypt (39.1-41.57)
        1. In Potiphar's Household (39.1-18)
        2. In Prison (39.19-23)
        3. Joseph interprets dreams in prison (40.1-23)
        4. Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams (41.1-36)
        5. Joseph elevated to power (41.37-57)
      4. Joseph the prime minister of Egypt (42.1-50.26)
        1. Joseph's brothers' first trip to Egypt (42.1-38)
        2. Joseph's brothers' second trip to Egypt (43.1-34)
        3. Joseph's brothers' third trip - A Silver Cup in the Sack (44.1-34)
        4. Joseph Reveals his Identity (45.1-15)
        5. Jacob invited to come to Egypt (45.16-28)
        6. Jacob comes to Egypt (46.1-7)
        7. Names of those who came with Jacob (46.8-27)
        8. Reunion of Jacob and Joseph (46.28-34)
        9. Jacob and Pharaoh (47.1-12)
        10. Joseph's famine policies (47.13-26)
      5. Final blessings of the Patriarchs (47.27-50.26)
        1. Jacob Prepares to Die (47.27-31)
        2. Jacob adopts and Blesses two of Joseph's sons (48.1-22)
        3. Jacob blesses his sons (49.1-28)
        4. Death of Jacob (49.29-33)
        5. Burial of Jacob (50.1-14)
        6. Reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers (50.15-21)
        7. Joseph's last words and death (50.22-26)

based in large part on outline.pdf 12/20/08 //broken link