God created the heavens and the earth
God prepares a habitat for humans
Adam and Eve sin; God curses them
Cain kills Abel; Cain's descendents
Genealogy from Seth to Noah
God chooses Noah, rejects the rest
Noah, his family and the selected animals enter the ark; rain for 40 days and nights
The flood waters recede; God calls Noah and his family to leave the ark
God establishes the Rainbow covenant with Noah; God gives command about murder; Noah curses his son Ham and his grandson Canaan for an indecent act.
Genealogy of Noah's sons Shem, Ham and Japheth; Introduction of Nimrod
Nimrod convinces the people to build a tower in Babel; genealogy of Shem to Abram
God Calls Abram and promises to the world through him; goes to Canaan and Egypt
Abram and his nephew Lot separate; God reiterates his promise to Abram
Abram rescues Lot from captors; Abram is blessed by Melchizedek, King of Salem
Abram doubts God's promise; God reiterates his promise; Abram's faith counted as righteousness; God tells Abram that his descendants will be slaves in a foreign country for 400 years.
Abram's wife Sarai gives her maidservant Hagar to Abram; Hagar conceives Ishmael
After 13 years of silence, God renews his covenant with Abram and changes his name to Abraham which means father of many nations.
God visits Abraham and promises that Sarai will have a baby within one year; Sarai's name is changed to Sarah; God pronounces judgement on Sodom and Gomorrah; Abram intercedes for Lot
God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah; Lot escapes with his daughters but his wife dies.
Abraham moves his family to the Negev; lies about Sarah; Abimelech the king of Gerar takes Sarah into his harem, but God curses this people.
Sarah gives birth to Isaac; Ishmael and Hagar are sent away
God calls Abraham to sacrifice Isaac; Abraham obeys; God provides a ram as substitute for Isaac
Abraham's wife Sarah dies; Abraham buys a field and cave in Canaan to bury Sarah
Abraham sends his servant back to his extended family to find a wife for his son Isaac; Excellent portrayal of prayer; Rebekah agrees to become Isaac's wife.
Abraham marries other wives; Abraham dies and is buried with Sarah; Ishmael dies; after 20 years of prayer Rebekah bears two sons Esau and Jacob; Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew.
Another famine in Canaan, Isaac moves his family among the Philistines; God passes his promise to Abraham on to his son Isaac; Isaac lies to the Philistines about Rebekkah; Isaac's servants quarrel with the Philistines over wells; Isaac agrees to a covenant with the Philistines.
Jacob steals Esau's blessing; Esau plots to kill Jacob
Jacob flees from Esau; God appears to Jacob in a dream while at Bethel; God promises to bless Jacob with the same blessing he gave Abraham and Isaac.
Jacob falls in love with Rachel; Jacob works seven years to marry Rachel; Rachel's dad Laban (Jacob's uncle) deceives Jacob and makes him marry Rachel's older sister Leah; Jacob works seven more years for Rachel; Leah bares four sons Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah.
Jacob has more sons and daughters through Leah, Bilhah (Rachel's servant), Zilpah (Leah's servant), and finally Rachel who was barren until she gave birth to Joseph. Jacob serves his uncle/father-in-law and increases his own wealth as well.
Jacob flees from Laban; Laban pursues Jacob; and they make a pact.
Jacob prepares to meet his brother Esau; Jacob wrestles with God.
Jacob meets his brother Esau; Jacob and his family settle in Shechem; Jacob sets up an altar and calls it El Elohe Israel which means God, the God of Israel.
The prince in Shechem rapes Dinah (Jacob's daughter); Jacob's sons plot and kill all the men of Shechem in revenge.
God calls Jacob back to Bethel, passes the promise of Isaac and Abraham to Jacob, and Jacob's name is changed to Israel. Rachel gives birth to Benjamin in Ephrath Bethlehem and dies there; Isaac dies and is buried in the tomb as Abraham and Leah.
The Genealogy of Esau.
Joseph's two dreams about ruling over his family; Joseph's brother sell him into slavery; Joseph is bought by Potipher, one of Pharoah's officials in Egypt.
Judah is tricked by his daughter-in-law Tamar.
The Lord blesses Joseph's efforts and Potiphar puts Joseph in charge of his whole estate. Potiphar's wife makes pass at Joseph; Joseph refuses and Potiphar's wife has him thrown in jail.
Joseph interprets the dreams of Pharoah's cupbearer and baker.
Joseph interprets the Pharoah's dreams; Joseph is made prime minister of Egypt.
Joseph's brothers go to Egypt to buy grain. Joseph's brothers do not recognize him. Joseph deceives his brothers, captures Simeon, and insists his brothers bring Benjamin to Egypt.
Joseph's brothers return to Egypt with Benjamin to buy more grain. Joseph his brothers dine with him in his home.
Joseph deceives his brothers again. Judah confesses his sins about selling Joseph into slavery.
Joseph reveals himself to his brothers.
Jacob goes to Egypt with his whole clan.
Jacob and his family (Joseph's father and brothers) settle in the Egyptian region called Goshen. Joseph enslaves the people to Pharoah.
Jacob blesses Joseph's two sons Manasseh and Ephraim.
Jacob pronounces blessings on his sons.
Jacob dies and is buried in the cave in Machpelah with Abraham, Isaac, and his wife Leah. Joseph reassures his brothers. Joseph dies and makes his brothers promise to take his bones to the Promised Land.
Reformed Eve from USA on November 10, 2019:
I love the way you simplified this so that people can understand what happened in a way that is clear and concise.
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on October 29, 2018:
Those are the main events in Genesis but what do they tell us?
Chapter 1 begins with a "rapture" of the waters [people per Rev. 17:15] rising above the firmament and then gives us the sequence every life-force evolves into earth. It reveals human's diet and how they didn't learn to multiple until 6000 years had passed and their replenishing took 1000 years.
Chapters 2 & 3 is the metaphor showing us why woman must become "born again" from human into man or "minds able to comprehend all things with the ability to exceed earth and everything hereon" as dominion means.
Chapter 4 shows a conflict between Asians and and the people who became American Natives on the founded and forgotten many times "land of Nod" that reveals the Americas who were Tent dwelling Northerners, Smiths and his sister in Central and instrument makers in the South.
Chapters 5-12 reiterates both genders are to become man once they are reborn and Genealogy from Seth to Noah.
They present the difference between the Genesis 1 man or "sons of god" and 2's woman or "daughters of men" and chose Noah and his sons to represent the four principle ethnics of man as well as how most man are "daughters of man" or "minds unable comprehend all thing without powers to exceed earth and everything hereon."
They show how woman would take a majority of life-types under their control with few human without the "dead mind of good and evil" with the "ark" representing the law god established for all life in Genesis 1.
They plus chapters 4 & 5 show 42 generations from to Abraham which reveals another symbol of the flood with Nimrod convincing the people to build a tower, "Babel", which is destroyed scattering man all over the earth with the genealogy of Shem to Abram.
Chapters 13-48 shows the conflict between the Africans (Esau) and the Europeans (Jacob) with Europeans being enslaved in Africa and their fall from power with the Exodus - which also symbolizes the finial days of civilization where a "red sea of human's blood" will be spilled in ending it - and the rise of Europe as the last of the four seasons of this civilization. The first civilization represented by Adam was Asians as the yellow-green budding of plants in spring (Gen. 1:14) followed by the "red rifle fruit of summer or American Natives, then the darkening of fruit and leaves of fall as Africans and finally the white frost and snow of winter, Europeans, that destroys everything except the evergreen plants symbolizing man with everlasting life.
Chapter 49 shows us to look for "Judah of Prophecy" during the last days where the messiah, Shiloh, comes being the prophet like unto Moses (Deu. 18:15 & 18).
Chapter 50 reveals the death of Jacob and what he wanted done with his bones, thus, the actual message of the beginning of civilization and what to look for to know the end is here.
Asiveli Rokoua on July 25, 2018:
Interested in learning from the Bible
Thomas on September 20, 2017:
I decided to do a book report for school on the book of Genesis and this was very helpful thanks so much
Tom on November 03, 2016:
This was very useful, thank you for writing this:)
Nudely on August 14, 2016:
Belief in Genesis as written is imperative when belief in Christ is assumed. This is because the gospels have no less than 39 references to the Book of Genesis. Unfortunately the Book of Genesis has been shredded cosmologically (Big Bang,) astronomically (no firmament,) biologically (evolution,) geologically (no great flood,) historically (everything[?],) archaeologically (problems with Jericho and elsewhere,) linguistically (inadequate explanation of origin and distribution of languages,) anthropologically (homo sapiens' forebears,) paleontologically (dinosaurs,) not to mention logically (talking serpents, animal patterns from sticks in drinking troughs, great floods over the mountain tops, Adam and Eve not knowing right from wrong before eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the creator of the universe "walking" through an earthly garden or wrestling with Jacob... and losing. )
Tarie on July 13, 2016:
thank you so much for taking your time to summarise the scripture
Henry on October 07, 2015:
Thanks and Godbless].
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on August 10, 2015:
Thanks Wavie for this comment as well. Genesis is one of my favorite books of the Bible.
Wavie on August 10, 2015:
Thank you so much for this. I just started reading the King James bible for the first time and I am in the middle of Genesis right now and some of it was a little too hard to understand.
james beck on June 19, 2013:
Jesusgirl on September 21, 2012:
Thanks for this very useful summary. My Church has a quiz on Sunday on the Book of Genesis. I am only sorry I didn't think of searching the web before!
I'M BANNED Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!! from Behind You on July 09, 2012:
Good summary, this is quite useful for looking up a particular Genesis passage.
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on May 28, 2012:
Lucas, thank you for sharing. I am enocuraged that you found this post helpful and motivating for you. I pray that your love for the LORD will deepen and you will feel him in every aspect of your life. All the LORD's very best to you in everything. e.
Lucas on May 28, 2012:
Wow an amazing recap i have recently felt that my relationship with god wasn't getting better. this has inspired me to read the bible to get these events in detail
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on January 16, 2011:
Thank you, thewayeyeseeit, for your encouraging words. I do hope this will be a basic resource for others who ask that common question.
thewayeyeseeit from Woodstock, GA on January 16, 2011:
Great idea to provide a basic outline like this. I'm sure there are lots of people who ask "where in the Bible did I read about.."
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on January 03, 2011:
hillrider, thank you for taking the time to read this hub and to make encouraging comments. For my own personal sake, I wanted to go through the Bible and simply list what happened in each chapter as a reference guide for myself and others. So far it seems it has been a helpful resource.
hillrider from Mid-west United States on January 03, 2011:
Having studied Genesis in depth I had to see what your take was. Thanks for sharing, it is nice to see that there is a place for that here as well as all the rest I have seen
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on January 01, 2011:
James, Rhank you again for your encouragement. Genesis is a very interesting book. Of course, it begins with the Bible's most important statement - "in the beginning God." If one can believe that God does actually exist then the rest of what the Bible sets forth including the miracles are easy.
James A Watkins from Chicago on January 01, 2011:
Thank you for this pithy and excellent recap of the chapters in Genesis. I happen to be studying this book right now, every day. :)
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on December 20, 2010:
Rachel, I pray your peace will continue forevermore.
Rachel on December 20, 2010:
I feel like rachel outta the bible i cant explain much more, but if destiny is rolling through my heart is opened now, n all has been granted 2 b peaceful,
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on November 05, 2010:
haydeeang...thank you and God bless.
haydeeang on November 05, 2010:
Aww.. Did you just spoil the ending? Cos nobody wants to read it now.
Mrahmassage on August 31, 2010:
God bless. . thank you for your info
DeBorrah K Ogans on November 17, 2009:
E Scoggins, Very good summary of the Main events of Genesis! interesting how it starts with the beginning of life and ends in death. Thank you for sharing, Blessings!