BEREISHIS (in the beginning)

Creation of Earth

The FIRST Testament (Old Testament) starts with the Pentateuch or Torah (instructions), and is comprised of 5 sections: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The word Genesis means In the Beginning and the author of the Book is not identified but traditionally, the author has always been assumed to be Moses and there is no conclusive reason to deny this. The Book of Genesis does not state when it was written but scholars have argued the dates of authorship is sometime approximately between 1450 and 1400 B.C., which is the approximate time that Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and the approximate time of Moses’ death. The Torah is not just a history book, but the charter of man’s mission in the universe. This is why Genesis is called the Book of Creation: The real meaning of creation is not primarily the story of mountains and valleys, of oceans and deserts, or even of human and animal life. Creation is the story of the birth of Israel, the nation that inherited the task of Adam and Eve. In this first Book of the Torah we trace Israel’s story from the life of Abraham and Sarah until their offspring develop into a family and then a nation. Chumash